April 14, 2006

Joy. And then some.

Posted in Malaysia, Religion, The Cause at 2:31 am by egalitaria

The issue of religious conversion in Malaysia is basically this.

If you are a Muslim who has decided to convert to any other religion, it is ridiculously difficult for you to obtain permission to alter the official status of your religion on any document. Reason being, affairs of Islam fall under the jurisdiction of the Syariah court. The simple and logical argument, however, is that if you are no longer a Muslim, the Syariah laws ought to hold no authority over you any longer. Instead, this should be a matter of decision from the civil courts.

Of course, theory is seldom well translated, much less implemented, into logical terms in such situations. Academics and legal individuals have belaboured this issue for many years, and only recently have we begun to see the light of some sort of direction.

Lina Joy's case was heard in court, and some background info from Malaysiakini:

Joy – whose Muslim name was Azlina Jailani – converted to Christianity in 1998 and is married to a Christian individual. She had successfully applied in 1998 to change her name but failed to have the entry ‘Islam’ deleted from her identity card.

and the Sun article has this to say:

The Federal Court will now hear and decide which court – Syariah or civil – will have jurisdiction to decide on the religion of a Muslim who renounces Islam as his or her religion and seek to rectify the status on his or her identity card with the NRD.

Cyrus Das, her lawyer, thinks that:

The court must once and for all decide whether a government department can impose a regulation in the absence of a written law authorising it.

Let's get a move on it!

3 Comments

  1. Hedonese said,

    Joy is one of our coursemates in seminary 🙂

    Please do keep her in your intercessions…

  2. Sumatera said,

    Kes Azlina Joy memalukan sistem perundangan di Malaysia dan dengan berlakunya kes ini,ini telah membuktikan bahawa sistem mahkamah syariah di Malaysia sangat lemah.Jadi saya sebagai rakyat malaysia sangat malu dengan keadaan ini.Jadi saya berpendapat bahawa Malaysia tidak layak langsung digelar sebagai sebuah negara yang mengamalkan prinsip islam hadhari.Semasa membuat perlembagaan,orang2 yang membuatnya langsung tidak berfikir kesan yang akan terjadi daripada ayat “KEBEBASAN BERAGAMA DI MALAYSIA” sepatutnya mereka meminda satu undang2 khas tentang agama islam,supaya orang2 yang tidak waras ini tidak akan sesekali mengambil kesempatan untuk menindas agama islam.Contoh yang membuatkan saya sangat marah dengan sistem pentadbiran di negara kita ini adalah kerana beberapa kes yang sedang berlaku iatu ” PELAJAR PEREMPUAN TIDAK DI WAJIBKAN MEMAKAI TUDUNG DI SEKOLAH” Saya tahu apabila kita di sekolah kita akan bercampur dengan orang bukan islam, tetapi mereka sepatutnya berkata memakai tudung hanya wajib kepada pelajar perempuan islam dan hal ini langsung tidak ada kene mengena dengan pelajar perempuan bukan islam so whats the problem? tetapi saya lihat pihak2 atasan langsung tidak mengambil apa2 inisiatif untuk membendung hal ini.Oleh kerana itu orang2 seperti azlina joy contohnye dengan sewenang2 telah mempersendakan agama islam di hadapan semua umat islam.contoh lain pula ialah, sekarang ini jika kita lihat di jabatan2 agama islam sudah ada borang untuk penukaran agama islam secara terbuka diletakkan…….whats is going on!!!!!!!!
    Jadi kepada semua pihak2 yang berkaitan saya menyeru agar tindakan sewajarnye dapat diambil, jangan biarkan perkara ini terus berleluasa.Jangan sampai YANG MAHA ESA membalas dengan caranya kerana ianya pastinya SAKIT.
    jika hari itu sudah sampai tiada gunanye lagi kita semua menyesal.
    Jika komen yang saya berikan diats ada menyinggung perasaan mane2 pihak sya meminta maaf dengan seikhlas2nya.
    SEMOGA YANG MAHA ESA SENTIASA MELINDUNGI KITA SEMUA DALAM KEADAAN APA SEKALI PUN.
    INSYA-ALLAH.

  3. James Ooi said,

    some googled txt to share…

    “Muslims who wish to convert from Islam face severe obstacles. For Muslims, particularly ethnic Malays, the right to leave the Islamic faith and adhere to another religion is a controversial question, and in practice it is very difficult for Muslims to change religions. The legal process of conversion is unclear; in practice it is very difficult for Muslims to change their religion legally.

    In 1999 the High Court ruled that secular courts have no jurisdiction to hear applications by Muslims to change religions. According to the ruling, the religious conversion of Muslims lies solely within the jurisdiction of Islamic courts.

    The issue of Muslim apostasy is very sensitive. In 1998 after a controversial incident of attempted conversion, the Government stated that apostates (i.e., Muslims who wish to leave or have left Islam for another religion) would not face government punishment so long as they did not defame Islam after their conversion. However, whether the very act of conversion was an “insult to Islam” was not clarified at the time. “


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