G25 gesa kerajaan kaji semula undang-undang Syariah ceroboh kehidupan perbadi

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Jurucakap G25 Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin berkata, enakmen kesalahan jenayah syariah yang menceroboh ke dalam kehidupan peribadi rakyat harus dikaji semula. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Seth Akmal, 6 Disember, 2015.

Kumpulan pesara kerajaan Melayu G25 menggesa kajian semula dilakukan terhadap pelaksanaan undang-undang Islam, mengatakan ia menentang tindakan menjadikan dosa peribadi, seperti berkhalwat, satu jenayah.

Dalam usaha mewujudkan satu jawatankuasa konsultatif, kumpulan itu berkata, enakmen kesalahan jenayah syariah yang menceroboh ke dalam kehidupan peribadi rakyat harus dikaji semula.

“Wujud masalah dalam pelaksanaan enakmen kesalahan jenayah syariah… kita perlu melihat kepada perkara ini.

“Kita perlu ahli jawatankuasa konsultatif itu untuk melihat perkara ini, dan di mana mereka sebenarnya melanggar Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

“Untuk mencadangkan dan mungkin memansuhkan, atau meminda, dan juga untuk melihat kepada undang-undang yang menceroboh ke dalam kehidupan peribadi rakyat seperti undang-undang khalwat,” kata jurucakapnya Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin. Read more

Sarawak continues to strive for religious freedom, says Adenan

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Religion3Sarawak will continue to protect the religious freedoms that have been key to racial unity for years in Sarawak, said its Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

Adenan said that in line with the policy of religious freedom, the state government would reject any attempts of forced conversion of any religion in Sarawak.

“As long as I am the chief minister, you can practise your religious freedom in Sarawak,” he said at the eighth Miri City Christmas parade at Miri City Fan yesterday. Read more

Women are not things – Yasmin Bathamanathan

Source: The Malaysian Insider

BY YASMIN BATHAMANATHAN

We are in the midst of observing the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign to work towards the elimination of violence against women and girls, but it sure does not look like it.

Since the start of the campaign on November 25, we have had our international trade and industry minister make a sexist joke comparing women to buildings at a public dialogue; and the news of the police arresting a man who forced this 14-year-old wife to film him raping her 11-year-old sister. The video was circulated on WhatsApp and found its way to the girls’ father.

Then there is the circus that is Mohammed Rizalman Ismail. A military attache at the Malaysian High Commission in New Zealand, Rizalman has made the headlines these past few days for all the wrong reasons.

From stalking a woman just because she smiled at him to defecating in front of her house and entering her house without wearing pants or even underwear, Rizalman has given the world a look at how VAW is done, Malaysian style. Read more

Malaysia’s approach to Islam dangerous, says Azmi Sharom

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Law lecturer Dr Azmi Sharom speaks during the ‘Islam in a Constitutional Democracy’ forum in Kuala Lumpur. He believes the way religion is dealt with in the country threatens human rights. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, December 5, 2015.

The way religion is dealt with in the country today presents a clear danger that the protection awarded to the people under the Federal Constitution has become illusionary, says Dr Azmi Sharom.

It was particularly scary for Muslims, especially after a recent Federal Court decision which held as constitutional a provision in the Selangor criminal religious enactment that restricted freedom of expression, the law lecturer said at the “Islam in a Constitutional Democracy” forum in Kuala Lumpur.

Azmi was referring to the case of ZI Publications and its director Mohd Ezra Mohd Zaid, who filed the petition in 2013 to challenge Section 16 of the Shariah Criminal Enactment 1995.

Ezra was charged in 2013 with an offence under the section for his involvement in the publication of “Allah, Love and Liberty” written by Irshad Manji.

“It is particularly scary for Muslims, the Federal Court decision in the Ezra case seems to give carte blanche to state legislatures to make whatever law they want under the guise of Islam, even if it completely takes away our rights protected by the constitution. Read more