Dec 2, 2006

NGOs shocked by calls to use ISA against Muslim apostates

(The Sun) PETALING JAYA (Dec 1, 2006): Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI), the group advocating for the repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA), has expressed shock at calls for the law to be used against Muslim apostates.

GMI chairperson Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh said people should refrain from advocating the use of the ISA without understanding what detention without trial was about and its adverse effect on peoples' lives.

GMI was responding to press reports yesterday that quoted International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) law lecturer Dr Zulkifly Muda as saying the ISA could be used against apostates because they could be deemed a threat to public order and security.

Zulkifly made the statement during a presentation at Wednesday (Nov 29)'s "Convention on Freedom of Religion and the Issue of Apostacy: Towards Practical Solutions" at IIUM.

Syed Ibrahim said the ISA has only been used for political expediency since its existence more than 40 years ago.

"Those who wield the ISA have no intention of combating issues such as racial conflict, drugs, violence and others because the law denies detainees the right to a trial. Hence, it is impossible to determine who is responsible for creating such issues," he said in a press statement today (Dec 1).

He stressed the need for the ISA to be repealed because it allowed for detention without trial, abuse of power and human rights violations.

The GMI consists of 83 non-governmental organisations, including the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim).

However, Abim president Yusri Mohamad said the ISA could be used against apostates in extreme situations where they threaten peace, order and security, and where "the authorities have trouble compiling evidence".

But, Yusri added, apostasy had not reached an extent that justified using the ISA

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Anonymous said...

Many people search for the truth in life. When they find it, it becomes a personal matter as only they and they alone know what to believe in. If the word " Malay " is synonymous with the word
" Muslim " or " Islam ", then in a sense, this group of people have lost an identity. That is the identity of a race. There is actually no meaning at all when you tell people that you are a Muslim and you expect people to take you for a Malay or vice versa. You can have a white man and he is a Muslim or a chinese man and he is a Muslim or a black man and he is a Muslim. See they retain their racial identities and they too possess a religion. Imagine if they were to tell others that they are Melayu when in fact they are Chinese, white man or black man.
In Malaysia, a death sentence is given for one who supplies drugs, who murders and who does terrible crimes against humanity. Now you are going to put to death a person who does no wrong to others. Or is it such a terrible crime to make other Muslims feel that they have lost their dignity, their pride and their control ?
Under who authority will the death sentence be given out ? Prophet Mohammad or Allah ? Between Prophet Mohammad and Allah, who is greater ? Who's teachings should carry more weight ? And is Allah lopsided in his teachings ?
Sometimes you see a Muslim man and he does not act like a Muslim. Sometimes you see a Muslim girl and she does not act like a Muslim. He and she has been doing what you all expected them to do. But in their hearts, they are far away from Allah. In fact they are just like you and I. It is easy to perform all the rituals. But it is not easy applying the teachings to their everyday lives. What does Allah teach about being good to others including the kafir ? Does Allah only teach you to be with your fellow believers only ? But this is exactly what you see. Muslims with Muslims and when they face the kafirs, they prefer not to trust them.