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Human Lefts


It’s a sad week for Malaysia. Lina Joy lost, and so did Malaysia.

The triumph of “human lefts” will probably have grevious implications, laying precedence to how future similar cases will be dealt with.

Here’s Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as adopted and proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations, back in 1948.

Article 2. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Following this historic act, the UN called upon its members (right up till today) to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories.”

If Malaysia’s part of UN, why isn’t it complying with one of the main components of the declaration? Oh yes I forgot, the Shar’ia law. Not to mention, there are other points in the declaration pertaining equality of privileges, right to freedom of opinion and expression and etc., which I don’t think are fulfilled (or even partly fulfilled) either. I know some do sound a little steep on being idealistic, but I think we are shunning betterment of our nation for something so unnecessarily undesirable, what more at such a competitive age as today. Oh my. Our lost is another’s gain.

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Updates: Some interesting links:

  • Check out ABIM President, Yusri’s response to the court’s decision, in verbatim, ”...it should be seen as a rejection of segments to radically revamp the current formula…”. I wonder what’s the current “formula”?
  • The dissenting judge’s take on the NRD issue
  • It’s pointless to keep one in a religion ‘by name’ if he or she has decided to embrace another. Lina Joy: What is freedom of religion?
  • A letter of condolence to religious freedom from abroad

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:) NECF has a strongly worded response to it, glad that the international community is taking notice… a long shadow is cast on our constitution

#1hedonese  ::  2 June 2007, 01:18  ::  #

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