Thursday, January 05, 2006

The worries of Malaysia Non-muslim

Religion goes with compassion
By: (Tue, 03 Jan 2006)

Race and religion are two subjects that tend to be extremely touchy. So it is hardly surprising that the country's laws place strong restrictions on their open discussion.

Wrongly handled, these contentious issues can inflame public opinion, with serious consequences for the nation's peace and stability.

The mass media have been mindful of these points for a long time and would rather leave these issues untouched than allow the remarkable tolerance that has been the hallmark of our society to be disturbed in any way.

In addition to the constitutional caveats on questions touching on these two subjects, there are also laws against sedition, and various other pieces of preventive legislation that are meant to

pre-empt the airing of ill-considered opinions that may reverberate through our communities. So there are many reasons why we should not discuss the case of the late commando L/Kpl M. Moorthy, whose widow Kaliammal Sinnasamy is questioning the legality of his conversion to Islam, despite the Syariah Court ruling that it is valid.

In addition, it would be prejudicial to the cause of justice to discuss the High Court ruling, which Kaliammal is appealing, that it has no jurisdiction over the case, since the Syariah Court has accepted Moorthy's conversion.

The point that needs to be made however is far removed from any legal issue. Rather, it concerns the social environment in which we live and how issues that involve inter-communal relations are handled.

For all our sakes, and the harmonious development of our society, we must turn away from narrow, hardline approaches that rob the spirit from the letter of our respective scriptures, leaving us with empty dogma.

Such attitudes, ironically, discredit the spirit of universality and compassion that draw humanity to seek solace in religion.

To walk in the path shown by the leaders of the world's great religions, we should evoke a sense of humility in ourselves, so that what we believe to be correct may be in tune with the wisdom of our religions.

In this spirit, we hope that the members of Moorthy's family can come to terms with the circumstances that they have suddenly found themselves in.

And for the officials on whose shoulders rest the public's confidence in the justice and compassion of our religious institutions, we hope that their judgment reflects as far as humanly possible the unfathomable will of the Almighty.

非回教徒的困境updated:2006-01-04 19:18:37 MYT
















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