Denounciation of the Bar Council for Defence of Eric Paulsen

Press Statement issued jointly by CENTHRA and CLJ on 22 January 2015. Published in The Malay Malay Online today.

In the Press Release of the President of the Malaysian Bar, Christopher Leong on 15 January 2015, he on behalf of the Bar Council asserted a defence of Eric Paulsen of Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) for his tweet “JAKIM is promoting extremism every Friday. Government needs to address that if serious about extremism in Malaysia” and urged the authorities to cease the use of the Sedition Act 1948. The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) and Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) denounce these stands. Continue reading

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National harmony law violates Rukunegara with nod to atheists

Originally reported here.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — The National Unity Consultative Council’s (NUCC) proposed anti-discrimination law contravenes the Rukunegara’s principle of belief in God by recognising atheism, a coalition of Muslim groups have said.

In a column in Malay newspaper Mingguan Malaysia today, MuslimUPRo chief Azril Mohd Amin noted that the NUCC’s National Harmony and Reconciliation Bill 2014 defined “religion” as “any religion and includes any belief or lack of a religious belief”, which he said would include atheists and the freedom to renounce a faith.

“This clearly contradicts the Rukunegara’s first principle, which is belief in God,” Azril wrote.

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Advice by Sayyidi al-Habib ‘Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him)

The following is from a mailing list I belong to.

Please click this link to find a summary of a Friday khutbah delivered by Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him) in Masjid al-Rawdah, Tarim, on 10th Jumad al-Awwal 1434 / 22nd March 2013, where he discusses the problems the Ummah is currently facing and offers solutions to those problems. These words come in the wake of the shocking events that took place in Syria the previous night.

Revisit: Commission not meant for interfaith dialogue

[Note] There are attempts to revive the now-stalled Interfaith Commission (IFC), as reflected through the manipulative ways and media statements issued by certain members of the so-called Cabinet Special Inter-faith panel or “Jawatankuasa Mempromosi Kefahaman dan Keharmonian Antara Agama” (JKMPKA).

The JKMPKA, it seems, is now being dominated by those who want to have the IFC to move again in motion, with the aim of eventually having its draft bill tabled and enacted in the Dewan Rakyat. Most of the non-Muslim representatives in JKMPKA are also leaders of the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST).

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20 NGO Islam tolak LGBT

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KUALA LUMPUR 5 Jan. – Lebih 20 pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Islam akan mengemukakan beberapa cadangan kepada kerajaan berhubung rujukan syor untuk Semakan Berkala Sejagat (UPR) yang harus dipatuhi oleh setiap negara anggota Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) dalam tempoh terdekat.

Naib Presiden Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia (PPMM), Azril Mohd. Amin berkata, tumpuan cadangan kepada laporan itu lebih menjurus kepada memelihara hak-hak umat Islam di negara ini supaya PBB dapat memberi pertimbangan wajar mengikut perspektif betul berdasarkan syariah dan Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

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A brief response to the Malaysian Bar President’s media statement

LGBTIQs? What do these phrases mean? In Indonesia, the “Q” has been publicly called “queer”. What sort of language is THIS for legislation? Even Mr. Lim Chee Wee, President of the Malaysian Bar in his press statement on 3 December 2012, cannot explain the Malaysian meaning of “Q”, which he says is “questioning”. This matter has far transcended natural politics. It has become, in medical terms, morbid. It is a matter for doctors and psychiatrists to address, not politicians.

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Consensual Contagion?

Pang Khee Teik, co-founder of Seksualiti Merdeka, has responded to my earlier statement. Please click here for the original source. You may also find some other responses here, here and here

I have written the following piece to “end run” the issue. It’s a point that is seldom made, whether or not homosexuality is “pathological” (which most doctors still believe it is).

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Commemorating the Prophet’s Rapture and Ascension to his Lord

[Note] The following excerpt from an excellent booklet entitled al-Anwar al-bahiyya min isra’ wa mi`raj khayr al-bariyya (The resplendent lights of the rapture and ascension of the Best of creation) by Sayyid Muhammad `Alawi al-Maliki al-Hasani (may Allah be pleased with him) includes brief explanations about the miraculous events by the author (may Allah be pleased with him). Continue reading