Saturday, March 24, 2007

Lulu's An Article11 Supporter

Both Malik Imtiaz Sarwar's blog, Disquiet and the Article11 coalition are still very much alive.

What is Article 11 in the Federal Constitution?
It guarantees the freedom of religion. Article 11 reads as follows:
“11. Freedom of religion.
(1) Every person has the right to profess and practise his religion and, subject to Clause (4), to propagate it.
(2) No person shall be compelled to pay any tax the proceeds of which are specially allocated in whole or in part for the purposes of a religion other than his own.
(3) Every religious group has the right -
(a) to manage its own religious affairs;
(b) to establish and maintain institutions for religious or charitable purposes; and
(c) to acquire and own property and hold and administer it in accordance with law.
(4) State law and in respect of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam.
(5) This Article does not authorise any act contrary to any general law relating to public order, public health or morality.”

What does Article 11 hope to achieve?
We aim to promote awareness towards, advocate for and contribute to achieving a Malaysia where all Malaysians in our daily lives:
§ affirm the Federal Constitution as the supreme law of the land;
§ strive to build national unity;
§ affirm the right of every person to full and adequate access to justice;
§ recognise the need for a judiciary that is impartial, independent, and an equal arm of the government;
§ recognise that the Federal Constitution embodies an agreement among the various communities;
§ respect the Constitutional guarantees of equal protection for every person in a multi-racial, multi-religious Malaysia;
§ seek to protect fundamental liberties for all;
§ respect the freedom of thought, conscience, belief and religion of every person; and
§ ensure that Malaysia does not become a theocratic state.

and if you think Article 11 is anti-Islam, threatening the position of Islam in Malaysia,

Does Article 11 oppose the position of Islam in Malaysia?
No. Article 11 respects Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution, which states that “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.” We also uphold Article 4(1), which provides that the Federal Constitution is the supreme law of Malaysia.

Does Article 11 and its activities interfere with, or insult, Islam?
No. None of the forum speakers or Article 11 coalition members questions the application of Syariah law to Muslims in the area of their personal and family law.
The coalition, however, is concerned about the areas of conflict between Syariah law and civil law, and their negative impact on the rights of all individuals.

for further reading, go to Disquiet and Article11.org

Article 11 is already IN our constitution. "Freedom of religion" is clearly stated. Lulu's not asking for something new.
Where do you stand in upholding this tenet of the constitution?

3 comments:

freelunch2020 said...

~~~~~~sigh...some ppl really cannot see beyond race one, someone told me, if u gonna take away the NEP, what are u gonna give the malays in return?

Malik Imtiaz Sarwar said...

Thanks for the thumbs up and the plug. Glad you made the time to read and digest what the initiative is about. Remember, it's about the Constitution, article 11 and everything else. Check out the Article 11 videos on Malaysia Today (for the moment). Thanks again.

Malik Imtiaz

lucia said...

hey lulu. great mind think alike eh? me being a supporter of article 11 had also blog about it about the same time you did.