Toleransi, Kebebasan Bersuara di Barat Tidak Adil

Telah disiarkan di ruangan rencana, Berita Harian.

Baru-baru ini isu kebebasan bersuara di Malaysia kembali menjadi hangat apabila seorang peguam hak asasi manusia yang juga pengasas bersama Lawyers for Liberty, Eric Paulsen mengeluarkan ungkapan “tweet” yang menuduh JAKIM mempromosi ekstremisme di dalam khutbah Jumaat di seluruh negara. Pihak berkuasa telah menjalankan siasatan terhadap tindakan beliau tersebut. Sama ada tindakan tegas berlandaskan undang-undang akan diambil ataupun tidak terhadap Eric, secara moralnya beliau telah mengguris perasaan umat Islam di Malaysia dan mengakibatkan prasangka buruk orang bukan Islam terhadap masyarakat Islam. Perbuatan beliau tidak dapat diterima sesiapapun yang berfikiran waras dan cintakan keharmonian beragama di sesebuah negara. Continue reading

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

Condemnation of Eric Paulsen’s Statement against JAKIM

Press Statement issued jointly by CENTHRA and CLJ on 12 January 2015. Published in The Malay Malay Online today.

WE, the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) and Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) condemn in the strongest terms the highly provocative, outrageous as well as downright false tweet by Eric Paulsen of Lawyers For Liberty (LFL) suggesting that the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (JAKIM) is responsible for fermenting extremism in its preparation of weekly Friday sermons for and on behalf of mosques throughout Malaysia. Continue reading

Key institutions used to control the opposition

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/110526

A primary principle of democratic government that can and should be imported into the Muslim Ummah is self-regulation by means of opposition dialogue and political parties. Political opposition, accomplished through the right channel and by reasonable means, is NOT the same as “sedition”, therefore blogs and other forms of detraction from majority party views may not be labeled as “seditious”, as is the habit here in Malaysia.

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