Allied Coordinating Committee of Islamic N.G.O.s
Malaysian Government not to countenance in any way, the
formation of the
certain non-Muslim organizations, principally the
Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism,
Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism (MCCBCHS), and the
REASONS for NON-COUNTENANCE :
a memorandum submitted by the MCCBCHS to the Bar
Council, the MCCBCHS position on certain Islamic
matters can be summarized as follows:
11 of the Federal Constitution should be the
governing law on the question of a Muslim’s right
to apostasise, and not the Shariah.
facilitate apostasy, the Civil Courts (and not
the Shariah Courts) should have the jurisdiction to
determine the ‘right’ of a Muslim to renounce his
made by the State Shariah authorities to
rehabilitate would-be apostates ‘are
Nobody should be regarded as a Muslim by reason of
both of his or her parents being Muslims; the
individual concerned should choose and profess Islam
of his own volition.
case, a Muslim’s Identity Card should not
disclose his religion.
Many of the
above items being concerned with either direct teaching
of Islam or connected to it ; and applicable only to
Muslims, ACCIN iterates that no one has the right to
question them, not even Muslims, let alone non-Muslims!
The MCCBCHS memo is simply a crude, rude and insensitive
attempt at interfering with Muslims’ way of life and the
teachings of Islam. Having a statutory body to
facilitate such interference does not legitimize it,
rather it imperils religious harmony. The non-Muslim
dominated Bar Council on its part, has gone to great
lengths to ensure the success of the IRC-idea,
regardless of the objections of its Muslim members in
the Shariah Sub-Committee.
11, FEDERAL CONSTITUTION
of the Federal Constitution : “Every person has the
right to profess and practise his religion and….
to propagate it”. None of the matters raised in the
MCCBCHS memo and summarized above, concern non-Muslims.
the right of non-Muslims to practise their respective
religions does not include any right to interfere with
the teachings of Islam, much less demand that these be
changed to their advantage.
OF ISLAM AS THE OFFICIAL RELIGION OF THE COUNTRY
once established, would no doubt undermine the status of
Islam as the official religion of this country. Further,
it would make a mockery of the Agong and the Sultans as
official heads of the religion of Islam in this country.
would most certainly interfere with existing
constitutional arrangements for the administration of
Islamic matters which are vested in the Rulers, the
State Islamic Councils and other bodies and Islamic
officials. The IRC will be met with resistance from such
quarters. The implications for Muslim unity,
Federal-State relations and viability of Islamic
administration (already plagued with problems) are
‘DIALOGUE BODY’ ?
Based on the
minutes of meeting of the Organising Committee for the
setting up of the IRC, the IRC is intended to be a body
comprising Muslim and non-Muslim representatives of
their respective religions who will be authorized to
receive complaints (of the nature listed above) from the
followers of any religion against another religion, and
to make decisions to redress their grievances even to
the extent of changing the teachings of the ‘offending’
religion, and enforcing its decisions in the manner of a
court of law (adjudicatory powers). It is therefore not
a ‘dialogue body’ as claimed, but rather a ‘grievance
LIKE IT !
of the Organising Committee have been challenged by
ACCIN to give an example of an inter-faith or at least
an intra-faith organization from any where in the world
armed with the powers that they hope to vest the IRC
with. To date they have not been able to do.
The IRC has
the potential to interfere with the teachings of any
religion against the wishes of the relevant religious
authorities, and this will most certainly lead to
retaliatory complaints. A free-for-all may develop where
the followers of any religion may complain against the
teachings of other religions only because of complaints
made against the teachings of their religion. This would
seriously threaten religious harmony in this country,
rather than foster understanding and harmonious
RIGHT IS FOR SUHAKAM
It is a well
known fact that minority religions in Malaysia are
enjoying freedom of their respective religious
practices, to a degree not enjoyed by Muslims in any
non-Muslim country. Further, SUHAKAM already provides a
venue for any human right grievances. There is no need
for another discrete human rights body to deal with the
question of the right to practice one’s religion. In its
present form, SUHAKAM is the much more suitable body as
it does not interfere with the teachings of any religion
though it has adequate powers to deal with restrictions
on the right of an individual to practice his or her
religion and to deal with complaints from any religious
authority. It can make recommendations to the Government
for changes to laws and policies rather than impose
solutions which insensitively interfere with the
teachings of religions. It offers an appropriately
emollient approach to this most sensitive of matters and
is more likely to succeed.
Government is urged to reject the IRC proposal.
Allowing it, even in the mildest form would be an
invitation to further demands to strengthen it, till it
can effectively undermine Islam in this country. This
clearly is the aim of the sponsors of this diabolical
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