Thursday, July 19, 2007

Islamic State?

The Reid Commission in 1956 was found to draft the basic Constitution of Malaya.

One of the clauses mentioned in the commission would be the special privileges to safeguard the rights of the Malays.

The other one specifies:

“The religion of Malaya shall be Islam. The observance of this principle shall not impose any disability on non-Muslim nationals professing and practising their own religion, and shall not imply that the State is not a secular State.” (Emphasis added)

Malaysia is a secular state with Islam as an official religion. But not as an Islamic state.

This statement was echoed by the late Tunku Abdul Rahman and ex-PM Tun Hussein Onn.

In The Star, January 1983:

"Don't make Malaysia an Islamic State"

Track this at Jeff's post.

Interestingly, on Bernama Tuesday, this was quoted by DPM Najib Tun Razak.

"Islam is the official religion and we are an Islamic state. But as an Islamic state, it does not mean that we don't respect the non-Muslims. The Muslims and the non-Muslims have their own rights (in this country)," he told reporters after officiating the "International Conference on the Role of Islamic States in a Globalised World" on behalf of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

This indeed has contradicted with what the forefathers had said.

Is this indeed what is expected in the next 5 -10 years?

The prophet said: "Submit"
Jesus said, "Decide"

Submit and decide are two different meanings. The former literally means to force a person. The other one is about making the choice. The western worlds always believe in making decisions for a person's good. Is Malaysia facing the "submit" problem and are we going for the "decide" thing? Likewise, the Americans, post 911 are going the other way round.

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