Abdullah also said that the Bar should make a stand for the country as a whole and not for any internal pressure groups or its members.
"For instance, when the Bar Council officially supports dissenting judgments or pushes forward its view that Malaysia is a secular state, (it) must take care to not simply represent the views of certain segments of society."
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In the issue of Malaysia being a secular state, the Bar Council members are protecting and defending what is stated in the constitution.
So what is it? Islamic state? Secular state?
The constitution tells me that it is secular.
Looking at the history of this nation, from 1957 all the way up to 2000 [and maybe more], we were secular.
Who says it is Islamic?
When? Under pressure from an emboldened Islamist opposition, and soon after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, the former prime minister, Mahathir bin Mohamad, said on Sept. 29, 2001, that Malaysia was, after all, "an Islamic state."
It has been seen by some observers as an effort to counter the rise of the ultra-conservative Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) which is winning support from a growing number of Muslim Malays. IHT
Badawi parrots it, as does Najib and a few more whom Lulu is not bothered to mention.
certain segments of society? yup! the segment which is trying to out-Islamise PAS holds this view.
On what basis are they saying this?
Twenty years ago, all this would have been unthinkable.
Go watch any of the P.Ramlee era movies which are screened on RTM2 at 10:30pm Sunday. That was what it was like for your children's grandparents.
What will your children see twenty years from now?
Are you willing to silently accept it?
worth watching At the Crossroads - Malaysia
worth reading RELIGION-MALAYSIA: Rediscovering Secularism