Month: May 2007

There you go: Your So-called Islamic State

So we won the case. By ‘we’, I mean those who care about the status of Islam in our beloved country Malaysia. Before anything, I am putting a statement here: I am not trying to be political, I am just trying to clarify whatever I know in words, so that I can understand it better, and again convinced by what I know. After all, I now have the right to vote, so I better start analyzing who is to be voted ;p

PART I

Two days before the verdict of the widely-publicised case of Lina Joy being released (by the adjective ‘widely-publicised’ I mean internationally. There is no single sentence in Utusan Malaysia about this trial, what a BIG suprise. Our media.Controlled as it is.), I could hardly concentrate. I have doubt whether our Constitution will secure the status of Islam as the official religion, though Malaysia is claimed by Tun Dr M to be an Islamic state. Because after all, looking from the perspective of liberty, and freedom to practice one’s chosen religion it seems like this case, if the verdict go against Lina, will violate her right to do so. Even we know that it is against the law for other religions to actually preach and spread their teachings to Muslims. Logically thinking, yes, Malaysia is not a country where everyone is allowed much freedom in term of this, but hey, it is not that bad.

Why?

Because long ago, it has been agreed by our forefathers in the unwritten Social Contract that Islam is the official religion,and Malays (which defined as Muslims in the constitution) have this privilege, no matter how secular Malaysia would be.

But unsecure it is at it seems, you might wonder why the government, amidst shouting the famous slogan of Islam Hadhari over and over again, does nothing that will prevent such cases from happening, or at least, do something at the loose definition of the word ‘Islam’ in the constitution. Come on, we have learnt in our Islamic Studies that the biggest sin is to turn away from this religion, and yet in a ‘so-called’ Islamic state there could be a controversy on something that is crystal-clear in Islamic jurisdiction?

Oh, yes, don’t you be fooled by the claim that Malaysia is an Islamic state. By all means, we are not. Even with Islam Hadhari, we are not. I am a product of Malaysian system of education, studying Islamic Studies from the age of 7 until I reached college, and no, the basic requirement for a state to be claimed as an Islamic state is to uphold alQuran and Sunnah, that is what I am taught, be it the law, the education system, economic system- everything, is not there. And how does the government defines its Islamic state? Here, I put the full definition, just in case you are being sceptical. It is in one of the documents produced, by Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, president of HAKAM, one of the coalition member of group Artikel 11:

The Government’s response to a request by SUHAKAM as to the status of the nation as an ‘Islamic State’ was recently disclosed as having been met with this wholly self-serving response: Malaysia is an Islamic State “because:-

a. the nation was founded by Muslims;

b. the Head of the Nation is a, and the government is in the hands of, Muslim(s);

c. the majority of its citizenry are Muslims and most of their cultural and social elements are influenced by the culture of Islam;

d. the Islamic umah (in Malaysia) are free to abide by Islamic Law (‘Syariat Islam’), and are even supported in this regard by the Government;

e. systems to increase religious observance of ‘munakahat’ (religious rules pertaining to marriage) and ‘muamalat’ (rules pertaining to societal issues) are implemented all over the nation;

f. Islamic education is taught from primary school to institution of tertiary education level and its quality are continuously being improved;

g. The existence of Shariah courts and Shariah laws; and

h. The existence of other Islamic institutions which expand the greatness of Islam.

Besides the above, Malaysia satisfies several other criteria that shows it is an Islamic state, namely:

i. provision in the Federal Constitution which provides that the religion of Islam is the religion of the Federation [Article 3(1)], Head of State as Head of the religion of Islam [Article 3(2), (3) and (5)] and administration of Islamic matters being the responsibility of the state government and federal government [Article 74];

j. global recognition of Malaysia as an Islamic state; and most of the provisions in the Constitution are not contrary to Islam

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No, I can’t find anything that explicitly mentioned AlQuran & Sunnah, can you? Or maybe you will say : ‘That is fine, look at item (g), we have the Shariah court and Shariah laws, and it has also been upgraded, what the fuss this is all about?’

If the Shariah courts can only deal with Munakahat will that make us an Islamic state? Where is the hudud, takzir, qisas, (you name it, you know them don’t you?)

Do we choose only what we want from Islam and leave what we don’t want?

So who are we? Part time Muslims?

Are we free to abide by Islamic Law anyway, as in item (d)? If I were murdered by someone, I would want the punishment for my murderer to be of what Islamic law ruled. Would I be able to do so?

We are lucky this time. The social contract has again protect Islam within its limited ability and interpretation, but for how long? After 50 years ruling Malaysia, I wonder how could the government overlook the leakage in the system.

PART II

Social contract again. How long would it be able to protect us and our religion? There are various groups now, forcing the government to revise the social contract, those liberal, human rights activists – claiming that it is no more valid after 50 years of independence, would you think in five years time, if the same apostasy case appears, we would win again?

And for me, I lack trust on the government, after all that happened. The so-called Islamic state can never protect my future children from apostasy (let alone from hedonism, thanks to AF5 and the media as a whole). And again, we can never live in an Islamic state under the existing constitution. I believed most of you have heard how Lim Kit Siang argued on this matter, in case you haven’t, I put the excerpt here:

Sepanjang empat dekad yang lalu, sehingga empat tahun yang lalu, agenda pembinaan negara Malaysia utama adalah mempertahankan Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara sekular dengan Islam sebagai agama rasmi, berdasarkan “kontrak sosial” yang telah dipersetujui oleh semua pemimpin kaum-kaum utama pada ketika itu yang termaktub di dalam Perlembagaan Merdeka 1957, Perjanjian Malaysia 1963, Rukunnegara 1970 dan Wawasan 2020 yang dilancarkan pada tahun 1991. Dalam pada itu, seruan untuk menjadikan Malaysia sebuah negara Islam jarang kedengaran dan merupakan saranan daripada pinggiran masyarakat dan negara sahaja.

More:

Tunku telah berkata bahawa:

“Perlembagaan mestilah dihormati dan diikuti. Pernah adanya percubaan oleh segelintir orang untuk cuba memperkenalkan undang-undang agama dan undang-undang moral. Ini tidak boleh dibenarkan.

“Negara ini mempunyai penduduk berbilang kaum dengan pelbagai kepercayaan. Malaysia mesti terus kekal sebagai negara sekular dengan Islam sebagai agama rasmi.” (Semua akhbar)

Seruan Tunku tidak membenarkan Malaysia diubah kepada sebuah negara Islam telah disokong secara terbuka oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri ketika itu, Tan Sri Musa Hitam, dalam ucapan makan tengahari Koresponden Asing di Singapura dua hari kemudian. Seruan Tunku ini juga disokong oleh Perdana Menteri yang ketiga, iaitu Tun Hussein Onn empat hari kemudian pada 12 Februari 1983, sempena harijadinya yang ke-61.

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So, what I conclude here is that, the social contract has now ‘makan tuan’.

Does the governing political party has done something other than ‘keluarkan keris’ and urged the non-Malays not to bring out the sentiment on the social contract?

I want to live in a state, no matter what it is labelled, where Islam is put at the right place, ‘high, and none higher than it’. Not just the law, but also in every system running in the country. I can’t live in a country where the adjective ‘secular’ attached to it, because I am taught that Islam is a way of life.

Well, I have started studying on different models of Islamic state offered by different parties, just to know my options, and later decide which one is parallel with the idea of Islamic state I have in mind.

What about you?

p.s. I like the comment by Tun Dr M on murtad cases in Malaysiakini:

“If he renounces Islam, then he is not a Malay. That’s all,” he said when asked if he agreed with allowing Malays to convert out of Islam.

“Why not? People would still be Malay, but officially, he would not be a Malay. Being a Malay in this country has certain privileges, so he wouldn’t enjoy those privileges.

“If you are prepared to give up Islam, you must also be prepared to give up (the rights associated with) the definition of a Malay. You must say that ‘I am not a Malay,’” he added.

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You Can’t Take It with You

I can hardly wait for my exam to finish, because I have an awful lot of things I want to write about. For the time being, enjoy this vid by my favourite Zain Bikha feat. Dawud & Abd Malik. It is good to be reminded constantly on this thing.

You might want to re-read these posts as well:

More is Good?

Tuesdays with Morrie: A Reflection

Enjoy!

Parts of the lyrics:

I See You Pride Yourself In Your New Car
Chatting On Your Compact Nokia
And You Love Your Expensive Clothes
But You Can’t Take It With You When You Go

And more:

No You Can’t Take Your Big Screen TV
Nor your Variety Of DVDs
No You Can’t Take You Designer Shoes
Everything You Have, You Gonna Lose

And some more:

You plan to be richer,you stash to be bigger.
But man get the picture, you can’t take it with ya.
Your cell phones, head phones, flat screens, ring tones,
Big homes, gemstones, power from big loans, collections of new shoes,
Connections of Bluetooth, vacations where you cruise the young ones go OOH!
You go shop for robots or gold watch or what not.
Your CDs of hip hop, your lap tops. Just STOP! & let go.
When you die say bye-bye. What is best is inside.

Manchester United

Ya, saya penyokong separa kuat pasukan Manchester United.
Ya, saya berumahtangga di Old Trafford, berposkod yang pangkalnya M16 sama seperti alamat Theatre of Dreams.
Ya, saya hafal semua nama pemain pasukan itu, bilangan gol dan entah apa-apa lagi trivia mengenai tim tersebut.

Tetapi tidak, saya tidak sama sekali menyokong usaha membawa masuk pasukan kegemaran saya itu ke Malaysia, lebih-lebih lagi untuk sambutan kemerdekaan – itu satu ironi yang tak masuk akal!

Hello, kita menyambut hari kemerdekaan, ok? Hari kita memperingati susah-payah, jerih-perih, pahit-maung orang-orang terdahulu, yang rasa-rasanya bukan main benci melihat bangsa penjajah ini tetapi kita beria-ia mahu mereka datang, bukanpun memberi keuntungan kepada orang kebanyakan, malah menghabiskan lagi wang mereka (yang sudahpun banyak dihabiskan untuk mengundi Mila AF5). Eh, saya kan penyokong kuat Man U – mestilah nak pakai jersi original (harga sekarang £44.50, darabkan dengan 6.8 untuk anggaran nilai dalam RM) semasa menonton perlawanan nanti, baru ‘cool’. Beraksesori Man U tidak tiruan itu juga wajib qat’ei untuk pergi menonton.

Yang saya maksudkan dengan ‘kita’ yang berusaha membawa masuk itu tentulah menteri-menteri, para umara’ yang saya kasihi, termasuklah menteri sukan (yang menyumbangkan £500 kepada pelajar Malaysia di Manchester untuk pembangunan sukan, terima kasih daun keladi), dan oh, Perdana Menteri juga! Adakah kita semua memang berkiblatkan barat hingga pada hari sebegini (sudahlah memang dikotorkan dengan segala macam pesta bersukaria) pun kita masih mahu mengagungkan British? Aduhai..

Apa lagi yang mahu dibawa masuk? 2-3 bulan lepas Menteri Penerangan berura-ura mahu mengimport lebih banyak filem British ke Malaysia, katanya produk British lebih bermoral dan penuh dengan nilai-nilai murni berbanding filem Amerika. Lagi, kompleks sukan yang entah berapa juta pound sterling yang akan dibina di London untuk melatih atlet Malaysia supaya cemerlang hingga ke peringkat dunia (sila betulkan fakta ini jika salah). Apa lagi?

Peraturan adalah peraturan. AFC memang patut bertegas!

p/s: Ya, saya tahu tidak adil saya membebel begini, saya ada peluang untuk menonton sendiri perlawanan di Stadium, tetapi die-hard-fan di Malaysia tidak. Oh, tolonglah! The point is – it is for the celebration of our Hari Merdeka!

Simple & Innocent

I think I am going to stick with this new simple (and innocent) template, with a few more modification coming up later. Credits to arephyz, who modified the iTheme to the new blogger (The new blogger successfully reduces my capability to be creative, still need to learn more).

Not so much into blue, but until the exam is over, this is it.

Nuclear anyone?


The red balloon diaries *3
Originally uploaded by cattycamehome.

Belum habis berkisah tentang loji nuklear yang bakal dibina kerajaan British.

Semalam, dek ketidakmampuan untuk melelapkan mata saya merayau-rayau lagi di laman-laman web. Bertemu laman web Green Peace, yang secara jelas dan nyata menentang usaha mendirikan loji nuklear itu. Katanya, meskipun alasan utama pembinaan itu adalah untuk mengurangkan pembebasan gas karbon dioksida, itu adalah tidak signifikan – kadar gas rumah hijau itu hanya berkurang sekadar 4%! Malah mereka mengecam pelaksanaan rancangan itu kerana perancangan itu tidak mampu mengatasi masalah ketidakcukupan tenaga yang dihadapi, kerana loji hanya akan mula beroperasi sekitar 2017.

Banyak lagi argumen yang diketengahkan, dan mungkin ada benarnya. Memang tidak mudah – memang banyak masalah! Mereka memberikan alternatif: lebih baik jika kerajaan berusaha lebih gigih untuk mengurangkan kadar penerbangan- hapuskan penerbangan domestik yang tidak perlu contohnya – yang merupakan penyumbang utama pemanasan sejagat dek kadar pelepasan karbon dioksida yang tinggi. Ya, saya pernah membaca tidak lama dahulu, beberapa pihak yang mengecam Tony Blair tidak cukup mesra-alam sekitar kerana bercuti di luar negara setiap tahun, sekaligus turut menyumbang kepada masalah ini.

Memang mantap! Pemimpin bukan kalis kritikan, dan seharusnya mereka menunjukkan contoh paling baik –

p/s: PM Malaysia terbang ke Perth khabarnya dengan kekerapan yang besar juga : tiada yang mahu membangkitkan isu ini?

Only after..

“Only after the last tree has been cut down,

Only after the last river has been poisoned,

Only after the last fish has been caught,

Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”

An interesting quote from the Green Party of UK policy. Interesting that one whole political party is formed on the base of having a sustainable society. Yeah, I like the word sustainable. The definition of that word could be a good predicted exam question. Hehe.

Brit goes Nuclear!


(small but significant)

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,,2086385,00.html

Interesting change, everyone is desperate for some more energy. I have no bad feeling on nuclear power, despite the issue of nuclear waste – and I know I am not alone, none of the students in my Environmental Tech class is against nuclear power, to the surprise of our lecturer, Dr Garforth.

Britain was an early adopter of the technology and has had at least some of its electricity produced via nuclear reactors for more than half a century.

However, while other nations have enthusiastically embraced nuclear generation – around three-quarters of French electricity is produced this way – Britain has been more tentative, with only around a fifth of its power being nuclear produced.

Too bad if you are the one who teaches, but everyone gets the benefit except you. After all, we are not that hopeless in ensuring the safety of any nuclear projects.

But of course, there are problems:

But new nuclear power stations are seen as unlikely to come on stream before the end of 2017 at the earliest, leaving a potential gap in electricity supplies earlier in the decade.

Paul Golby, Eon UK’s chief executive, said: “To keep UK plc’s lights on we need to look at all our options and not just at one.

“That means we need new gas stations, new cleaner coal stations, clean coal with carbon capture and storage, renewables and nuclear, and we also need more energy efficiency and decentralised generation.

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Hmm..banyak betul masalah kat dunia ni!

p/s: Don’t you tell me this issue is not important; what drives the invasion of Iraq and all those Middle East countries if not the insatiable need for more energy sources?