Wednesday, December 27, 2006

"Will You Walk Into My Parlour?" Said the Spider to Lulu

The English papers were not in print on Boxing Day, leaving Lulu the pleasure of reading the Utusan Malaysia to catch up with what happening with Malaysia and beyond.

In an article under the Bicara Agama, there was an interview with the President Persatuan Peguam Syarie Malaysia (PGSM), Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar titled Mahkamah Syariah perlu bidang kuasa lebih luas

Lulu's going to share with you a portion of the interview

UTUSAN MALAYSIA: Kebelakangan ini terdapat kecenderungan seolah-olah tidak menghormati Mahkamah Syariah. Ia apabila ada pihak yang tidak muncul walaupun disapina oleh mahkamah. Mengapa ini berlaku?
ZAINUL RIJAL: Hal ini barangkali disebabkan tafsiran dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang mengehadkan bidang kuasa Mahkamah Syariah iaitu orang bukan Islam tidak terikat dengan undang-undang syariah.
Mahkamah Syariah tugasnya adalah mencari keadilan mengikut hukum syarak dan membuat keputusan yang betul berdasarkan bukti-bukti yang sahih. Ini pula memerlukan kerjasama pihak-pihak yang terlibat.
Dalam kes perebutan mayat A. Rayappan di Shah Alam awal Disember lalu misalnya, ahli keluarga bukan Islam Rayappan disapina ke Mahkamah Syariah untuk memberi keterangan dan menunjukkan bukti si mati bukan Islam di saat kematiannya. Ini bagi membantu mahkamah membuat keputusan yang betul tetapi keluarganya enggan hadir.
Perbuatan sebegini jelas tidak menghormati institusi Mahkamah Syariah. Jika tidak mahu bekerjasama bagaimana kita mahu mencapai keadilan?
Mahkamah Syariah wujud kerana peruntukan Perlembagaan sendiri. Oleh hal yang demikian setiap rakyat Malaysia mestilah menghormati Mahkamah Syariah walaupun Mahkamah Syariah tidak berupaya memaksa mereka hadir.
Masalah kita ialah tanggapan orang bukan Islam terhadap Mahkamah Syariah dan juga undang-undang kita yang tidak memperuntukkan mereka yang bukan Islam boleh disapina di Mahkamah Syariah.
Lulu finds it strange and quite frankly, hypocritical that they do not understand why the family is not accepting the invitation to the spider's parlour.

Afterall, the Muslim NGOs and political parties have rejected the formation of an Interfaith Council. In February 2005, the Malaysian Bar Council organized a forum to discuss the creation of an interfaith commission aimed to promote better understanding and respect among the country's religious groups. Several mainstream Islamic groups refused to participate in the forum on the grounds that an interfaith commission would "weaken Islam." The Government subsequently announced that an interfaith commission was not necessary but stated that interfaith dialogue should be encouraged.

"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the Spider to the Fly," It is the prettiest parlor that ever you did spy, You've only got to pop your head just inside of the door, You'll see so many curious things you never saw before, Will you, will you, will you walk in, pretty Fly?…"

Nah... it looks like a long time before you will walk into our parlour.
Speaking of parlours, Uncle Yap is very sad that he is no longer able to invite them to his house for a makan. Maybe they think it's a parlour?

But don't be surprised if there'll be an enactment to make us walk into their parlour. remember, the title of this interview is Mahkamah Syariah perlu bidang kuasa lebih luas, and at one point of the interview, he did say, "Jika kedudukan ini sama maka sudah tentu keadaan enggan hadir ke Mahkamah Syariah tidak akan berlaku."

Is it time to voice our dissent? Time to vote differently?

I don't know ... but I do long for the time when we were all Malaysians. No "I am more Malaysian than you attitude". It's time to make a stand.


Bengbeng said...

Sometimes I wonder why some parties call certain voices: voices of dissent: when they are only saying the obvious.

Anonymous said...

That certifiably sick noosepaper is meant for accomplished zombies, not normal thinking humanity.


Anonymous said...

I drafted the Federal Constitution as the ultimate justice to all Malaysians and the Supreme/Federal Court has the FINAL say as to whether ANY CASE SHOULD BE REFER TO THE SYARIA COURT.