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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Kenyataan Media Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia (PPMM) – 3 November 2011

Kenyataan Media Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia (PPMM) Berhubung Penganjuran Acara Menggalakkan Kegiatan Songsang FitrahSeksualiti Merdeka

DATO’ HJ. ZAINUL RIJAL ABU BAKAR – PRESIDEN, PERSATUAN PEGUAM PEGUAM MUSLIM MALAYSIA

Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia (PPMM) menyertai rakan-rakan NGO Islam lain khususnya  PEMBELA  serta seluruh rakyat Malaysia dalam membantah dan mengutuk dengan sekeras-kerasnya festival Seksualiti Merdeka dan siri program berkaitan LGBT yang telah dan akan dianjurkan oleh beberapa NGO, artis dan aktivis atas nama hak asasi manusia. Continue reading