Malay Law Student letter to Malaysiakini
The Federal Constitution is the highest law of the land – Jacqueline Surin
Judges must show courage – Zaid Ibrahim
Tricia Yeoh – Centre for Public Policy Studies letter
CFM Press statement by Bishop Paul Tan
Malaysian Gurdwaras Council: Press Statement
Report in Indian Catholic – Non-Muslims disturbed by rights struggle
Statement by MALAYSIAN CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL OF BUDDHISM, CHRISTIANITY, HINDUISM, SIKHISM AND TAOISM by Dato’ Chee Peck Kiat
Article 11 video launch and comment by SIS
Rojak & Cocktail blog comments and links 15 March post
What dismays me is that the news has had little or no impact on bloggers and others in the virtual community. Is there no concern for the usurpation of the constitution by such convoluted reasoning in favour of the Syariah? Are we really agreeing by our silence that a non-Muslim should seek recourse in a Syariah court? I know it’s not easy and there’s also Subashini’s husband who left his wife in the first place and went to the Syariah court to dissolve his civil law marriage.
Yet, the implication is immense, and signals the insidious secession of the rights of all people under a common Constitution to a religious doctrine of jurisprudence that some claim should be elevated above the latter and over all. That day may yet come, but not if Malaysians of goodwill choose to speak up. Objections and appeal to common sense against an apparent injustice have been notable by their absence, as the issue has had no traction in the blogosphere. Instead everyone online seems preoccupied with galvanizing support for freedom of expression and the ‘persecution’ of celebrity bloggers.
Everyone who is rallying behind Rocky and Jeff Ooi frames it as a challenge to freedom of expression (let’s ignore the charge of defamation for a moment) and a battle between old and new media. It is all that, I’m sure, and those who are feeling the heat – particularly ministers, government appointees, and er, one Booker Prize contender – are sounding like children whose favourite toy has been snatched away. So they whine, even threaten to throw the book at bloggers. Perhaps someone should throw Huge Hewitt’s book BLOG: Understanding The Information Reformation That’s Changing Your World in their direction.
But hey, we do need a reasoned and united stand on the big picture - Article 11 and the Federal Constitution. It seems to me that if anything truly matters, this matters just as much, if not more. Not everyone believes we're on a slippery slope, and I'd like to be proven wrong. So I'm hoping for a blogswarm (Hewitt) in defense of the country we want to live in. Right now, if we let this be taken away, everything else is hand wringing at the passing of daylight.