Child conversion law only affirms status quo, Muslim NGOs say

Originally reported here.

Child conversion law only affirms status quo, Muslim NGOs say

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 – The unilateral conversion of minors to Islam has already been the “status quo” in Malaysian courtrooms, several Muslim groups alleged today, throwing a spanner in the works for Putrajaya as it struggles over the barrage of criticisms against its newly proposed law. Pembela – a coalition of around 20 Muslim NGOs – today fended off critics’ allegations that Section 107 (b) of the Administration of the Religion of Islam (Federal Territories) Bill 2013 is unconstitutional and had gone against a 2009 Cabinet decision. Pembela chairman Dr Yusri Mohamad said the dispensation with the need for consent from both parents on minors’ conversion has both been recognised by the Federal Court and been practised in the country.

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Seruan PEMBELA Kepada Para Pengundi PRU 13

Siapa Kami?

Pertubuhan-pertubuhan Pembela Islam (PEMBELA) adalah di antara gabungan utama pertubuhan-pertubuhan NGO yang berkongsi keperihatin dan kepekaan terhadap kedudukan Islam dan Umat Islam di Negara kita khasnya dan kesejahteraan Negara secara amnya. Continue reading

Agitating Malay Muslims

This article has been published earlier here.

By Shanon Shah | 03 March 2009 | 

OVER the past year, several Malay-Muslim groups have been in the headlines. From lawsuits filed against the DAP‘s Teresa Kok for allegedly insulting Islam, to campaigns responding to the crisis in Gaza, the defence of Islam and Malay rights has occuppied the national attention, sometimes in frightening ways. Just what are these groups about? What motivates them? And do these non-governmental organisations (NGOs), some of which have mushroomed very quickly overnight, really express the will of the majority of Malay Muslims in Malaysia?

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