Does MCA And Gerakan Dare To Sacrifice Their Ministerial Posts For Principle That They Will Not Enter Cabinet Unless The Prime Minister Reverses The BN Government’s Twin Declarations In Parliament That Malaysia Is Not A Secular But An Islamic State And Support Hudud Laws To Be Implemented On Muslims in Kelantan?(en/cn)

Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 17.6.2014

Does MCA And Gerakan Dare To Sacrifice Their Ministerial Posts For Principle That They Will Not Enter Cabinet Unless The Prime Minister Reverses The BN Government’s Twin Declarations In Parliament That Malaysia Is Not A Secular But An Islamic State And Support Hudud Laws To Be Implemented On Muslims in Kelantan?

Does MCA and Gerakan dare to sacrifice their Ministerial posts for principle that they will not enter Cabinet unless the Prime Minister reverses the BN’s government’s twin declarations in Parliament that Malaysia is not a secular but an Islamic state and will support hudud laws to be implemented on Muslims in Kelantan? This was stated by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Jamil Khir Baharom in Parliament on 27 March 2014 and in a written answer to Sibu MP Oscar Ling Chai Yew in Parliament last week.

The BN government is taking this unconstitutional step when the Federal Court had defied the decision of a five-member bench of the Supreme Court in 1988 on the case of Che Omar Che Soh vs Public Prosecutor, that the law in this country was secular. The Supreme Court in 1988 had fully considered all aspects including the “history” of Malaysia based on the Malay Sultanate who are also heads of Islam in their respective starts and the special position of Islam as the religion on the Federation of Malayisa but still ruled that the Federal Constitution was secular law.

Some legal jurists have pointed out the impracticality and fallacy of Malaysia being an Islamic state when there is a casino operating in Genting and there are also interest-bearing loans in our financial system, which were approved earlier and contrary to Islamic precepts.

Further, there is historical justification why the Supreme Court ruled that Malaysia is not an Islamic state but a secular state. Our founding Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman was first recorded telling Parliament on May 1, 1958: “I would like to make it clear that this country is not an Islamic state as it is generally understood; we merely provided that Islam shall be the official religion of the state.”

Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia’s third PM and father of current Defence Minister Datuk Hishamudin Tun Hussein Onn supported Tunku by rejecting the notion that Malaysia is an Islamic state, adding that “The nation can still be functional as a secular state with Islam as the official religion”.

Neither did Tun Abdul Razak pushed for the implementation of hudud laws. However former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the Gerakan National Conference on 29.9.2001 declared Malaysia as an Islamic state. For this reason, the newly-elected MP for Teluk Intan Datuk Mah Siew Keong has deceived his voters that he will oppose hudud when Gerakan did not dare to object to Mahathir declaring Malaysia as an Islamic state.

Najib Tun Razak went one step further when he became the first Prime Minister in April 2014 to state that the BN government did not object to the implementation of hudud laws on Muslims in Malaysia. All previous former Prime Ministers had objected to the implementation of hudud laws, including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who said one country can not have two different legal systems and Muslims in Malaysia are not ready for hudud.

Will Mah Siew Keong resign as MP or state that he will reject all Ministerial posts until Najib declares that Malaysia is not an Islamic state and will not implement hudud laws in Malaysia? Why is MCA Deputy President Datuk Wee Ka Siong not reviewing MCA’s position in BN as promised following this development?

Worse is the sense of betrayal felt by Sabahans and Sarawakians who clearly did not bargain for joining a Federation of Malaysia that is an Islamic state! The time has come for all Malaysians to pressure BN to return to the right path and respect the fundamental institutions of Merdeka and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia that is not an Islamic state. Otherwise Malaysia will be a very different country compared to what we were born up with that betrays the legacy left behind by our first 3 Prime Ministers Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn.

LIM GUAN ENG

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民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼区国会议员林冠英于2014年6月17日在吉隆坡发表的文告

若然首相不肯撤回国阵政府之前在国会的两个宣布,认为马来西亚不是世俗国而是伊斯兰国,同时支持在吉兰丹向穆斯林落实伊刑法,那么马华与民政党是否有胆识秉持原则牺牲掉他们进入内阁的部长职位?

若然首相不肯撤回国阵政府之前在国会的两个宣布,认为马来西亚不是世俗国而是伊斯兰国,同时支持在吉兰丹向穆斯林落实伊刑法,那么马华与民政党是否有胆识秉持原则牺牲掉他们进入内阁的部长职位?这两项国会宣布是由首相署部长贾米尔于2014年3月27日在国会所做出,并且在上周由诗务国会议员林财耀收到书面答案。

国阵政府已经走到了这个违宪的地步,但在1988年哲奥马哲苏对检察官一案中,最高法院五司会审裁定联邦法院有违高院议决,高院清楚明释指出大马是一个世俗国。高院在1988年做出多方考核,包括马来西亚苏丹王权作为伊斯兰领袖及伊斯兰在马来西亚联邦拥有特殊地位的“历史”因素,但依旧判定马来西亚的联邦宪法是世俗国法律。

一些法律学家指出,马来西亚在拥有云顶赌场操作及拥有金融贷款系统的利息制度之下,要作为伊斯兰国是不切实际及矛盾重重的,因为有违伊斯兰戒条。

甚且,历史上已有定见为何高院判定马来西亚不是伊斯兰国而是世俗国,此定见就是我们的国父开国首相东姑阿都拉曼于1958年5月1日在国会所记载的言论:“我要清楚说明,这个国家不是伊斯兰国,这是共识;我们只是给予伊斯兰作为国家官方宗教的地位。”

敦胡申翁,我国第三任首相及现任国防部长拿督希山慕丁的父亲,支持东姑阿都拉曼拒绝马来西亚成为伊斯兰教国的观点,他还说“这个国家还是可以依世俗国来运作,伊斯兰教为官方宗教。”

敦拉萨也没有强硬推行伊斯兰刑事法。但是,前任首相敦马哈迪在2001年9月29日的民政党大会上则宣布马来西亚是一个伊斯兰教国。因此,新任安顺国会议员拿督马袖强也欺骗了选民,他说他会反对伊斯兰法,但是民政党在马哈迪宣布我国是伊斯兰国时并没有表示反对。

纳吉更进一步在2014年4月也成为第一位指国阵政府不反对在穆斯林社群推行伊斯兰刑事法的首相。所有的前任首相都反对在我国推行伊斯兰刑事法,包括敦马哈迪,他说一个国家不能有两套法律制度,而马来西亚的穆斯林也还没准备好接受伊斯兰刑事法。

马袖强会不会辞去国会议员一职或公开声明他会拒绝一切部长职位,直到纳吉宣布马来西亚不是伊斯兰国,也不会在我国推行伊斯兰刑事法?为什么马华署理总会长拿督魏家祥在这种局面下,还不检讨马华在国阵里的地位?

更糟的是,沙巴及砂劳越人都感觉被背叛,因为他们在加入联邦成立马来西亚时,根本没有同意过马来西亚是一个伊斯兰国家!是时候让全体马来西亚一起向国阵施压,引领我国回到正常轨道,尊重我们鲁立的基本制度及国家宪法,那就是马来西亚不是伊斯兰教国。否则马来西亚将与我们成长的国度不同,也背判了我们首三任首相,即东姑阿都拉曼、敦拉萨及敦胡申翁所留给我们的遗产。

林冠英

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