Kedah DAP against fatwa status amendment


April 23, 2012

Kedah DAP against fatwa status amendment

www.malaysiakini.com

Kedah DAP is against its coalition partner PAS’ action to pass an amendment to the Mufti and Fatwa (Kedah Darul Aman) Enactment which bars people from questioning fatwa (edicts) in any civil or syariah courts.

kedah defection ceramah 220510 dap adun lee guan aikDuring a press conference yesterday, state party chief Lee Guan Aik (right) said DAP will be the first to protest should the amendment be enforced. According to a report published in Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily today, the Kota Darul Aman assemblyperson explained that he did not speak out against the amendment in the state assembly due to lack of opportunity.

However, that does not mean the party supports the amendment, he stressed. Lee pointed out that the amendment will affect the rights of non-Muslims which is against DAP’s struggle for a fair, just and democratic society.

“If the amendment is to empower the religious adviser to solve the Al-Salihiyah surau issue, the state government should reconsider because it will involve bigger problems in the future,” he was quoted as saying.

Earlier, Malays rights NGO PERKASA chief and Pasir Mas MP Ibrahim Ali said the amendment was an attempt to torpedo efforts by the NGO’s lawyers to fight the state acquisition of the Al-Salihiyah surau and its land for development purposes.

Several critics including the vocal former Perlis mufti Dr Asri Zainul Abidin had described the amendment as undemocratic and “kills intellectualism”.Even the Islamic Renaissance Front has greeted the new fatwa ruling with alarm.

However, Kedah Menteri Besar Azizan Abdul Razak has defended the amendment, saying the matter should not be politicised. Lee said he will meet with Azizan to seek a written guarantee that the amendment will not affect non-Muslims.

12 thoughts on “Kedah DAP against fatwa status amendment

  1. wah! Like olden days , a group of mullahs comeup with an edict (fatwa) and no questions ask less you risked being stone to death.. The EC are able to steamroll amendments to polling regulations so azizan could be thinking teet for tat butter for fat..will it(fatwa) in anyway bother the non muslims? Naah! On the contrary , policies such as these will only irk the royal house hold and their autocratic stance

  2. “However, that does not mean the party supports the amendment, he stressed. Lee pointed out that the amendment will affect the rights of non-Muslims which is against DAP’s struggle for a fair, just and democratic society.”

    The rights of non-Muslims is a non-issue under Article 11. The rights of non-Malays (expressed as “legitimate interests of other communities”) too is a non-issue under Article 153. This is a constitutional issue and not a partisan issue and certainly not a racial issue. So let’s get that right. The fact that today interests are being classified as Malays and Muslim and non-Malays and non-Muslims is proof that the underlying struggle for liberty, justice and equality has been all but eclipsed by narrow self interests disguised as nationalism albeit narrow nationalism.

    Despite all the claims made by its leaders DAP still sees itself as a party for the non-Muslims and non-Malays. Malaysians have a long way to go before they could think as Malaysians and less as Chinese, Indians and Malays.

    DAP has made a pact with its arch rival PAS for short term political gains. It has compromised its secular principles. And this comes with a price tag. Remove PAS which has passed it’s “Use by Date” rule from its shopping list. Its toxicity is there for all to see.

    Wake up you guys and smell the coffee!

    If the idea is to create and build a nation united in its diversity religion is too divisive. It has been shown time and again. Malaysia has been on the proverbial slippery slopes for a while now and has yet to touch bottom; and it would take a generation of new leaders to show true patriotism for there to be a new hope and a new dawn for a united nation built on the principles of liberty, equality and social justice. I just don’t see it happening – not even in my children’s life time.

  3. The seeds of the conflict now emerging could be traced back to the constitutional amendment made to Article 121 namely 1A) of the Federal Constitution introduced by UMNO. The fact that it is now been used by PAS comes as no surprise.

    The strong language used in Article 121 1A) suggests a situation when civil law can be ousted by sharia law. And here it is being used to settle what is a civil matter and one with constitutional ramifications.

  4. Growing up in the shadows of Wat Siam along Lorong Wat Siam, two words which were never in anybody’s vocabulary were ‘fatwa’ and ‘fakta’. Both sound equally ominous.

  5. This guy is an A-hole. Mr Netto calls him a rube (country bumpkin).It was a big Pakatan mistake to appoint Azizan as Menteri Besar in the first place. The blame rests squarely on Anwar Ibrahim’s shoulders. Azizan impressed Anwar!

    The Ketua Umum PKR also made a major error when he went against good advice to appoint Fairus as Deputy Chief Minister of Penang. Now he is saddled with an ineffective Dato Mansor Othman, Fairus’ successor. That suits Lim Guan Eng because he can act on his own.

    Anwar is a poor judge of character and mark my word, he will surround himself with people who dare not say no to him if he becomes Prime Minister. You say Mahathir has an over-sized ego, but Anwar has a very bloated one, full of hot air. I am sure Mak Cik will agree with me on this.

  6. “Anwar is a poor judge of character and mark my word, he will surround himself with people who dare not say no to him if he becomes Prime Minister”

    This is an issue that affects any authoritarian style leadership and is not a partisan issue. Mahathir surrounded himself with ‘Yes men” and what has to happen in a situation like that is he gets to hear the echoes of his own voice and mistakes those to be those of his advisors.

  7. Malaysia is a darn good country. We have oover 1,000 people above 100 years old. Old people are eligible to join the army. Rakyat can collect RM500 after passing “Go”.

    Now, we even have living GODs whose edicts no one can question.

    Damn! Kuan Yew didn’t anticipate we will fare better than Singapore on this.

  8. “Berbeza dengan Najib yang sentiasa mendengar dan meminta pandangan daripada para penasihat …” makcik

    Betoi la kata makcik tu. Tapi masaalah dengan si Najib ni dia dok dengaq Makcik Mah Chot. Jangan salahkan pula kacip Fatimah.

  9. Lets not make a big thing out of this. DAP has the right to oppose and PAS must understand. Furthermore discuss in detail. This shows that no one can be too brash in PR which is good so as long there is no intense quarrel. Do not be like BN too many yes man. Why be critical of Anwar before he has become the PM. PR can govern and BN are desperate of this by denying their faults whilst trying to highlight PRs. Come lets Us All make a better choice. How can we have leaders who are corrupted, arrogant, racist and possible link to murder, most important inefficient.

  10. Anwar is a poor judge of character and mark my word, he will surround himself with people who dare not say no to him if he becomes Prime Minister. You say Mahathir has an over-sized ego, but Anwar has a very bloated one, full of hot air. I am sure Mak Cik will agree with me on this.

    Blog Reader – April 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    If this is true than M’sia needs miracle to help them through. From the frying pan into the fire. Haste can do alot of damage again to the people.

    “If the amendment is to empower the religious adviser to solve the Al-Salihiyah surau issue, the state government should reconsider because it will involve bigger problems in the future,” he was quoted as saying.”

    This is the crux of the issue here. Do not pass this amendment for one obscure issue and the overall effect is nonsense towards the people. Then abuse will set in by someone who has only oppression and control in their minds because fatwas later are passed to opress the malays . When can the malays be allowed to grow and make their own mistakes and learn to become better if they are forever being told whats is not good for them. If you really care for the malays as you claim you do ( these religous peopel) you know that you cannot do this to them. Let them live and learn. leave them alone. The matters fo the Soul is for God to judge not you. Trust that they are good people. Do not opress them any longer. It is their time to be successful too. Faith is given by God to liberate us not opress. How is ti a non moslem sees this point but you are blind to it and ignore it?

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