M'sia Not Secular State, Says Najib
KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Tuesday Malaysia is not a secular state but an Islamic nation with its own interpretation.He said the country had never been affiliated to secularism but was always driven by the fundamentals of Islam as it is clearly stated in the constitution that Islam is the official religion."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 at a hotel here.
an Islamic state with its own interpretation
updated [after Lulu got over the "this is scary" and can think clearer]
I've checked with the constitution,
• (1) Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.
yup. it does not have the "and we are an Islamic state" portion.
bearing in mind Article 160(B)
Article 160B of the Federal Constitution reads :
“Where this Constitution has been translated into the national language, the Yang DiPertuan Agung may prescribe such national language text to be authoritative, and thereafter if there is any conflict or discrepancy between such national language text and the English language text of this Constitution, the national language text SHALL PREVAIL over the English language text”.
it makes Lulu wonder how Article 3(1) is being "translated". WOuld it bear the same as the English text?