Monday, May 15, 2006

'Badai' Group Disrupts 'Forum Agama' ('Religious Forum')

I do not wish to regurgitate news, so for more information, read Mental Jog Lulai's post and pictures of the 'Forum Agama'.

The point I'm trying to bring up here is how some imbecile media trying to equate an intellectual discussion as a 'forum agama' ('religious forum') which deemed to destroy a particular religion. Just have a look here and do not blink your eyes:

You get the drift which imbecile media is that? And they have the guts the call the news was sourced from Bernama, who originally put it as 'forum umum' (general forum).

The Sun's report on page 4 today.

This self-acclaimed Badan Anti IFC (BADAi) or Anti-Interfaith Commission Body group probably aptly naming themselves that to try to portray them as a cyclone to sweep off any attempts to disrupt the very much one-way process in discussing religious issues in Malaysia.

What is also interesting to note that these sort of demonstrations always got their voice heard while other forms (such as the fuel hike) fell into deaf ears and were even dispersed off with chemical-laced water canons. You see, playing the religion card always sells in Malaysia. A certain political party knew it too well and even the ruling party learnt from them with M saying this one day:

“... wishes to state loudly that Malaysia is an Islamic country. This is based on the opinion of ulamaks who had clarified what constituted as Islamic country. If Malaysia is not an Islamic country because it does not implement the hudud, then there are no Islamic countries in the world.

... says that Malaysia is an Islamic country, it is because in an Islamic country non-Muslims have specific rights. This is in line with the teachings of Islam. There is no compulsion in Islam. And Islam does not like chaos that may come about if Islamic laws are enforced on non-Muslims.

He miscalculated the influence of religion which caused him to lose influence in the 1999 GE. His successor, The Medicine Man, knew how to play this card well also with his new 'you-all-knew-too-well' branding. And just see how the effect it has on the 2004 GE?

And I bet this BADAi (not to be confused with Badawi) group didn't even know what the forum was all about and definitely would not what the heck the Article 11 is all about. So for the enlightenment of all here's what Article 11 is all about:

Article 11: Freedom of Religion

11. (1) Every person has the right to profess and practice his religion and, subject to Clause (4), to propagate it.

(2) No person shall be compelled to pay any tax the proceeds of which are specially allocated in whole or in part for the purposes of a religion other than his own.

(3) Every religious group has the right —

(a)to manage its own religious affairs;

(b)to establish and maintain institutions for religious or charitable purposes; and

(c)to acquire and own property and hold and administer it in accordance with law.

(4) State law and in respect of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam.

(5) This Article does not authorize any act contrary to any general law relating to public order, public health or morality.

A coalition of 13 groups known as Article 11 has written an open letter to The Medicine Man to uphold the supremacy of the consitituiton. You can check it out here and even sign a petition for that here.

There's no point forcing the Rukunnegara down into our throats by making it compulsary at official functions, composing a song for it and even printing it on products if we can't even have a proper forum like this to discuss one of the principles in that!

Last but not least: "Is Malaysia an Islamic State?" Read the piece of argument from The Malaysian Bar here .

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