Sipaun supports ex-IGP on Malaysia not being Islamic country

Source: FMT News

Former Sabah state secretary Simon Sipaun says Abdul Rahim Noor was correct in pointing it out, based on events that led to formation of Malaysia in 1963. Image taken from FMT News.

KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah state secretary Simon Sipaun supports the views of a former inspector-general of police who said that Malaysia was never meant to be an Islamic country, and Sabah and Sarawak would not agree to make it so.

He said Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor, who was the country’s top cop from 1994 to 1999, was speaking the truth when he said Malaysia could lose the Borneo states if religious conflicts got out of hand due to the federal government continuing to succumb to pressure and becoming too Islamic.

Rahim made the right point in his talk. I remember that when Malaysia was formed, the original objective was not to make it an Islamic state,” he told FMT. Read more

‘Sabah, Sarawak MPs must defeat Hadi’s bill’

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Shariah law amendment will introduce hudud, thus altering secular nature of Malaysian legal system, says East Malaysian group of ex-politicians, business leaders. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Sabah and Sarawak MPs must defeat a motion to debate a Private Members Bill to enhance punishments for shariah offences as it is against the right to freedom of religion that the two territories had agreed to in forming Malaysia.

Former Human Rights Commission vice-chairman Simon Sipaun said politicians should be aware of this as that guaranteee was outlined in separate agreements from both states.

“We are appealing to those in power and authority but they should know better. The motion is all about politics and religion,” said Sipaun.

Sipaun said this in response to a document unveiled yesterday in four languages, including Iban and Kadazan, to create awareness among the people in both states on the far reaching implications of the motion. Read more