Posts Tagged ‘Malaysia’
Its director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz said the department could act against irresponsible bloggers, regardless of their religious background.
“Right now, the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission are still trying to trace the blogger said to have insulted Prophet Muhammad.
“We will come in once the culprit is found,” he said.
Wan Mohamad also said there were bound to be “extremists” among religious followers or leaders in view of the country’s multi-ethnicity.
Islam does not discriminate against any race or religion so non-Muslims do not have to fear if common law and syariah courts were to be merged as suggested by a former Chief Justice.
Syariah Court Judge and Syariah Judicial Department director-general Datuk Ibrahim Lembut said such fears among non-Muslims were unwarranted.
“Islam will defend everybody. The impression that merging the two court systems will override the rights of the non-Muslims is wrong,” he told reporters after attending the International Seminar on Comparative Law at Marriott Hotel here on Tuesday.“
However, we still have a long way to go before we can merge the two court systems although we have held talks on the possibility of harmonising civil and syariah laws,” he said.
He was answering this:
MCA legal bureau chairman Datuk Leong Tang Chong said such a merger would subject non-Muslims to syariah jurisdiction on all legal matters, including interfaith cases related to marriage and divorce.
“To compel a non-Muslim to syariah jurisdiction is a violation of the Federal Constitution as Article 11 assures and guarantees all persons complete freedom of religion,” he said, adding that the MCA strongly objected to the proposal.
He also said the independence of civil court judges should remain within the powers of the civil courts and not be subjected to the interpretation of syariah law.
Malaysia’s prime minister said Wednesday Muslims should still take up yoga, reversing an outright ban that has drawn widespread protests amid concerns over growing Islamic fundamentalism in the multiracial nation.
Malaysia’s National Fatwa Council, comprising Islamic scholars, told Muslims at the weekend to avoid yoga because it uses Hindu prayers that could erode Muslims’ faith.
But the decision drew a sharp rebuke from many Muslims and even Malaysia’s sultans, or hereditary rulers, who said that they should be consulted on any matters involving Islam.
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi moved to contain the damage, telling the national news agency Bernama that Muslims could carry on doing yoga but minus the chanting.
“I wish to state that a physical regime with no elements of worship can continue, meaning, it is not banned. I believe that Muslims are not easily swayed into polytheism,” he said.
For background of this story: Yoga is Un-Islamic.
His wife, Lee Abdulah, said the founder of the controversial Malaysia Today website had been sent to the Kamunting detention centre in northern Perak state under a detention order signed by the Home Minister.
Abdulah said police had told her “he will remain there for two years with no trial“.
A magnificent perspective, isn’t it?
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- China wants UN to help Trace Sources On Internet.
- Erraji released.
- Moroccan blogger Mohammed Erraji condemned to 2 years in prison and a fine for critizising Moroccan king’s policies.
- Harry’s Place round 2: The White Supremacists.
- More censorship on the blogosphere from Syria.
- Raging against rising Internet repression.
- EU imitating the Great Chinese Wall for internet?
- US blogger charged with insulting Syngapore judge.
- Italy: a blogger is condemned because he didn’t post regularly.
- Canada: Internet providers will begin charging per-site fees.
Jemaah Islamiyah is weakened by arrests and as such has not carried a major terrorist attack in the last three years. But in the past they have been financed by Al-Qaeda, in both terrorist attacks and failed ones. For example the terrific terrorist attack of the Bali nighclubs in 2002 was financed by Al-Qaeda.
Two days ago, two “alleged” Indonesian terror leaders, Abu Husna and Agus Purwantoro were headed to Iraq to seek financial help from Al-Qaeda, as results from a seized laptop that indicates regional militants are cash-strapped but determined to rebuild international links, security officials say.
They were dressed as women they were not “dressed with modesty” and so they were found guilty by the Sharia Law Court:
Islamic officials last week detained 16 transvestites competing in the “Miss Universe Asia 2008” contest at a beach resort hotel in the north-eastern state of Kelantan, which is ruled by the fundamentalist PAS party.
PAS, which has ambitions of turning Malaysia into a theocratic state under Islamic rule, has made headlines for banning skimpy clothes and enforcing laws on separate male and female queues in shops.
Yes, we are hearing the demonstrations, the cries, the protests of gay organziations throughout the world. Ah, no, no.. there have been none. Sorry.