A Malaysian mould of human rights

A Malaysian mould of human rights

Published in The Malaysian Insider today.

When it comes to philosophical as well as religious differences in the interpretation and implementation of human rights, the tale of David versus Goliath may be resorted to for inspiration. Continue reading

Transgender case: Court of Appeal error?

The Court of Appeal may have procedurally and substantively erred in the transgender case – Azril Mohd Amin and Aidil Khalid

Published in The Malay Mail online today.

Somewhere along the line, the Civil Courts would have to stop niggling away at the Syariah Courts. So does the civil common law at the Islamic law. These courts and laws are not meant to engage in a power struggle against each other; they are meant to complement each other. Continue reading

CENTHRA: Towards an equitable and just human rights foundation

The idea of human rights has an extensive history, but only in the past century has the global community pursued to galvanize a regime to promote and protect them. In particular, since the United Nations (UN) was founded in 1945, world leaders have collaborated to codify human rights in a universally recognized regime of treaties, institutions, and norms. Among the Muslim-majority nations, most recently, in June 2011, the Organisation of Islāmic Cooperation (OIC) established the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, with the aim to “advance human rights” and “support the Member States’ efforts to merge civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.” These recent developments call for Islāmic Non-Governmental Organizations (NGIs) to articulate the Islāmic views on human rights to offer alternate views to the global human rights movement.

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COMANGO’s retrograde agenda

COMANGO is a coalition of Malaysian NGOs purporting to represent the secular human rights groups, as well as “intelligent” liberal Muslim point-of-view. MuslimUPRo‘s objection to COMANGO’s retrograde agenda can be seen in MuslimUPRo’s earlier memorandum to the Government as well as media statements and other writings. Continue reading

Guarding the sanctity of Islam

A British Muslim who has many family contacts in the Yemen reports that most of the remaining Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp inmates are Yemeni. These families have reported to him that the Prison Camp guards have used forced-feeding this past Ramadhan by inserting tubes into the inmates’ stomachs, to destroy their fast. What happened to Obama’s promise to close this facility? We have proof here that even Obama cannot stand against the deadly enemies of Islam, whatever he says or does otherwise.

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Reinstating Normal Human Sexuality

[NOTE] I was one of the panelists at a forum on LGBT organized by the Judicial and Legal Training Institute (ILKAP) on 25 June 2013. At the forum I have reiterated many of my earlier opinions on the issue, and some other points are stated in the following article. Please let me have your response. Continue reading

On the Islamic State

Published in Malaysiakini.

President Sukarno, Founding Father of Indonesia, was in Central Kalimantan on one occasion, directing the design of Palangkaraya to become the capital of the entire Republic. His design is still on the boards, and there is recent debate whether to move the entire governmental structure to that location. All three Islamic-based political parties have suffered losses in recent parliamentary elections. Furthermore, government workers complain bitterly at the overcrowding in present-day Jakarta. Continue reading

Karpal dicabar buktikan perkataan ‘sekular’ dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan

Sumber asal berita di sini.

KUALA LUMPUR 12 Ogos – Pengerusi DAP, Karpal Singh dicabar membuktikan perkataan ‘sekular’ yang dilaung-laungkan selama ini adalah termaktub di dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Pengerusi Pertubuhan-Pertubuhan Pembela Islam (PEMBELA), Aminuddin Yahaya berkata, pihaknya kesal apabila pemimpin DAP itu berulang kali mengatakan Malaysia adalah negara sekular sedangkan Perlembagaan telah menetapkan Islam adalah ‘Agama Negara’.

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