Moderate Muslims should sue Jakim for defamation, says G25

Source: The Malaysian Insight 

G25 member Noor Farida Ariffin takes Jakim to task for using public funds to sow discord among Muslims and Malaysians of other faiths, in her keynote address at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall’s civil society awards ceremony tonight. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, December 12, 2017.

RISING intolerance and extremism in Malaysia’s Islamic bureaucracy are threatening the peace and harmony of the country, said G25’s Noor Farida Mohd Ariffin.

Citing the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) as an example, Noor Farida said the religious department has shown intolerance of moderate Islamic NGOs such as G25, the Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF), Ikram, and Sisters in Islam, while political party Amanah has been accused of being “liberal” and a “threat” to Islam and the country’s sovereignty in a booklet produced by Jakim’s research arm.

She said the booklet titled “Martabatkan Islam di Malaysia”, published by the Malaysia Islamic Strategic Research Institute (Iksim), also accused DAP leader Hannah Yeoh of being an evangelist out to make Malaysia a Christian state. Read more

Putrajaya: Freedom of religion does not equal freedom from religion

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 ― A deputy minister today claimed that atheism is a “very dangerous” ideology that goes against not only the Rukunegara that prescribes “believe in God” as one of the tenets, but also the Federal Constitution.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki alleged that the freedom of religion in the Constitution which guarantees the freedom to worship does not include the freedom to not believe.

“We have to understand that in the Malaysian context, our Federal Constitution states that the freedom of religion does not mean freedom from any religion because that is unconstitutional.

“This means we cannot incite someone to leave a religion or promote not having a religion. We cannot order or promote a belief of not having a religion, that is against the Federal Constitution,” he said. Read more

Halalisasi Kek dan Bas: Kenapa Perlu Mengamuk?

Imej agama di ruang awam sering menjadi satu perdebatan yang hangat khususnya apabila wujud dominasi keterlaluan daripada pihak autoriti agama.

Walaubagaimanapun, lewat ini ini kita melihat pendokong sekular sudah mula memasuki ruang kebebasan yang seharusnya dinikmati oleh pemilik persendirian.

Justeru itu, pada minggu ini pihak BYOT Society mengambil inisiatif untuk menganjurkan sebuah diskusi bertajuk ‘Halalisasi Kek & Bas: Mengapa Perlu Mengamuk?

Diskusi ini akan menampilkan 3 orang panelis untuk membincangkan isu ini dengan lebih mendalam:

1. Fathi Aris Omar
2. YB Teresa Kok
3. Siti Kasim

Anda semua dijemput hadir bagi memeriahkan lagi diskusi ini.

Mr Vice-Chancellor, let UKM students develop an open mind — Eric Paulsen

Source: FMT News

BY ERIC PAULSEN

Lawyer Eric Paulsen, who  represented the family of the deceased P. Karuna Nithi, says a deputy public prosecutor had written to Coroner Datuk Jagjit Singh to reopen the inquest. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 1, 2015.

Eric Paulsen believes that university students should be exposed to different and often conflicting ideologies, not just those approved by the university and the government. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 1, 2015.

Last Friday, I received a telephone call from University Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) chapter of the Asian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) that an invitation to me to speak at their national conference on Sunday had been abruptly cancelled by the UKM administration, apparently because I was ‘controversial’.

I had been scheduled to speak on the topic of “The Tough Tussle: Security or Transparency? Security Laws, Grappling with ISIS” together with representatives of Amnesty International-Malaysia and the Bar Council’s Human Rights Committee.

I can assure you, Mr Vice-Chancellor that I would have spoken on the history of Malaysia’s security laws, from the Emergency, Internal Security Act 1960 to more recent legislation like the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 and the National Security Council Act 2016. I even prepared a paper as advance notice had been given to me, and having accepted the invitation in July.

When my speaking cancellation became news, a nameless UKM bureaucrat was quoted in The Star as saying that “the management of the university felt that the slot would get too political as the event was supposed to be an academic discourse.” Presumably, this nameless UKM bureaucrat had asked not to be named – not very transparent, I must say. Read more

Let’s talk about the ‘P’ word… with our families

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Picture shows (from left) Siti Kasim, Aneez Yuliani Yuslizar, Papper Lim, Fatimah Abu Bakar, Sharifah Aleysha, Eshaan Menon, Director of Art for Grabs Pang Khee Teik at Talking About the P[olitics]-word with family, The School, Jaya One, September 25, 2016. ― Pix by Saw Siow Feng

Picture shows (from left) Siti Kasim, Aneez Yuliani Yuslizar, Pepper Lim, Fatimah Abu Bakar, Sharifah Aleysha, Eshaan Menon, Director of Art for Grabs Pang Khee Teik at Talking About the P[olitics]-word with family, The School, Jaya One, September 25, 2016. ― Pix by Saw Siow Feng

PETALING JAYA, Sept 25 — Do Malaysian families generally avoid mentioning the P word? “P” for “politics”, of course.

Have we often been told to keep our discussions and debates apolitical? Do parents discourage their children from voicing out their views and opinions in public?

There are many reasons why there is a disconnect between the issue of politics and family, least of which seems to be the disconcerting notion that politics does not affect the daily life of the average Malaysian, according to panellists at a forum organised by Arts for Grabs today. Read more

The information is ours to judge — R. Nadeswaran

Source: The Sundaily

BY R. NADESWARAN

JOURNALISTS are often reminded that, like a coin, there are two sides to a story. “Get the other side to comment on the story,” editors would scream. When there is no response, the story will include these immortal words: “He declined to comment”.

On June 25 last year, no Malaysian knew the name Xavier Justo, a Swiss businessman. In a series of reports, the media painted him as a greedy, ruthless and cold-blooded blackmailer.

The NST trumpeted his arrest by the Thai police in an exclusive report which it said had the country talking and “followed by newspapers and online media around the world”.

Nirmal Gosh of the Singapore Straits Times, who was the first to interview Justo, claimed the “difficulty of gaining access to the man” and that he had to “call the Thai police every day, sometimes twice a day”. But there’s another side to this as we would learn later.

Justo “confessed” to having met several people and was the “bad boy” in wanting to “topple a democratically elected government”.

In subsequent reports and analyses, newspapers used his “confession” to pooh-pooh the many assertions made by the foreign media. Read more

Do not underrate importance and freedom of thought — Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos

Source: The Malay Mail Online

APRIL 4 — One of the most important distinguishing features between humans and animals is our ability to think and reason.

Due to our thinking faculties, we are able to be the dominant species on the planet. We have heard words and ideas such as “intelligence”, “cleverness”, “creativity”, “innovativeness” and so on. All these ideas relate to the various ways in which the brain functions.

The brain if you like, is in a sense like the computer — garbage in garbage out.  In other words, the usefulness of your brain to you and others will depend largely on what you put inside your brain and how actively you use its potential and capability. Read more