Burkini Ban: Veiling Prejudice and Fear in the Name of National Security?

mcchr-burkinibanIn conjunction with the launch of its online training course and training manual on freedom of religion, LB Training presents #UndiMsiaChats on Burkini Ban: Veiling Prejudice and Fear in the Name of National Security?

Moderated by Long Seh Lih (chief executive officer of MCCHR), the discussion panel features Firdaus Husni (Bar Council Human Rights Committee) and Fahri Azzat (Fahri & Co).

The panelists will unpack the issue of burkini ban in France and discuss national security and the state’s role, gender equality and non-discrimination, similar application in Malaysia, and more.

Admission is free and open to everyone. Lunch will be provided and online pre-registration is required: http://goo.gl/31Fteh.

The burkini ban and human rights — Syahredzan Johan

Source: The Star Online

BY SYAHREDZAN JOHAN

YOU may have read news about the “burkini ban” controversy in some French towns.

The “burkini” is a type of swimwear that covers the whole body of the wearer, except for the hands and feet. It was designed for the Muslim female who wants to wear something light that can be used for swimming, yet at the same time is in accordance with the traditional Islamic concept of modesty.

The controversy began when the town of Cannes prohibited the use of the burkini. The reasons given were that the clothing has a possible link to “Islamic extremism”. Other towns in France followed suit and imposed a similar ban.

This resulted in fines issued against many women for wearing the burkini.

The accusation was that they did not wear “an outfit respecting good morals and secularism”, the bedrock of the French republic. Meanwhile, the mayor of the town of Nice claimed that the wearing of the burkini to be an “unacceptable provocative act”.

Politicians followed suit, joining the chorus of irrationality against the wearing of the swimwear. There were also reports of women being forced to take off the burkini in public with the ban extended to other types of “modest attire”. Read more

Art stumped by why M’sian Muslims enraged by burkini ban

Source: FMT News

Art Harun says Muslims in Malaysia subscribe to the rule of the majority and therefore cannot be angry by the ban since Christians are in the majority in France. PIc taken from FMT News

Art Harun says Muslims in Malaysia subscribe to the rule of the majority and therefore cannot be angry by the ban since Christians are in the majority in France. PIc taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Lawyer and social activist Azhar Harun has questioned why Muslims in Malaysia are upset over the recent ban of the burkini in France since Muslims make up only a minority of the population there and Christians, the majority.

In a Facebook post where he deals with the subject of the burkini ban, Art, as he is popularly known, said although he himself was opposed to the ban on the grounds that it went against basic “universal human rights”, Malaysian Muslims have imposed their values on other people just as they have accused the French Government of doing now to the Muslims in France.

“It must be remembered however that there are many Muslims in Malaysia who have been preaching the imposition of their values on other people.

“Some Muslims even want to impose their version of Islamic teachings on non-Muslims,” he said, citing the ban of “sexy posters” by the Kelantan Government and calls for non-Muslims not to wear “sexy” clothes during Ramadhan as two such examples.

He said the prevailing argument was that majority rules i.e. that Muslims made up the majority population in Malaysia and therefore the minority had no other choice but to follow the will of the majority. Read more