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As Steven Oh stands by his words, so I stand by him

November 9, 2012

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On 5th November, a letter penned by Steven Oh appeared in Malaysiakini. Yesterday, 15 police officers descended upon the office of Malaysiakini to investigate that letter. Malaysiakini, it seems, is now being investigated, in connection with the publication of Steven’s letter, in relation to a possible offence under section 298 of the Penal Code of […]

Lina, Why the controversy? : Challenging idiotic laws

July 3, 2007

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  Efforts have been made to challenge the ‘multi-defined Muslim’ and the ‘Muslim attempting to unlove his wife’ laws. Lina challenged  section 2 of the Administration of Islam (Federal Territory) Act, 1993 in the High Court. Look at roman numeral (ii) at page 246 of the reported judgment. Kamariah Ali and 3 others challenged the ‘multi-defined Muslim’ and the ‘Muslim […]

Lina, Why the controversy? : Getting round the legislative impasse and the multi-defined Muslim who’s attempting to unlove his wife

June 30, 2007

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So Parliament and the state legislative assemblies cannot pass apostasy laws. So what? More than one way to skin an apostate. You think ‘jurisdiction only over persons professing the religion of Islam’ is going to get in the way of hauling apostates before the Syariah Courts? Think again.  There’re legal eagles in the AG’s Chambers, okay, and […]

Lina, Why the controversy? : Who can pass apostasy laws, and how? (3)

June 27, 2007

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Before we get to the question ‘Who can pass apostasy laws, and how?’, let’s first establish a working definition of ‘apostate’, so that we are not approaching the issue at cross purposes.  We might as well also get a few other concepts clear. Apostate defined  Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary offers the following meaning of ‘apostate’.  ‘a […]

Lina, Why the controversy? : Who can pass apostasy laws, and how? (2)

June 24, 2007

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 Ng Wan Chan  was decided in the civil High Court.  Dalip Kaur was decided by the then Supreme Court and subsequent to Ng Wan Chan.  Both cases raised the same issue : the faith of the deceased at the time of death. Two important differences between these 2 cases. First, unlike in Ng Wan Chan, it does […]

Lina, Why the controversy? : Who can pass apostasy laws, and how? (1)

June 21, 2007

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In the ‘What’s not the controversy’ post, I promised to discuss the cases of Ng Wan Chan and Dalip Kaur. Both reported judgments are fairly short and make for interesting reading. I would urge you to read both in full. Ng Wan Chan A dispute arose between a widow and the Islamic religous authorities over the […]

Lina, why the controversy?: What’s not the controversy

June 18, 2007

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If we’re going to understand the real controversy, we have to be clear what is not the controversy. In other words, we must weed out any red herrings. We must be clear what Lina’s issues were. We must not allow ourselves to be confused by claims from certain quarters. Remember that it started out as an […]