“The very idea that Malaysia has accepted, constitutionally or otherwise, the plurality of religious and ethnic communities… it is already on the way to liberalism. You are already on a certain kind of liberalism. It might not be an optimal one, but it is already there” – TMI.
I do not know whether Professor Ebrahim understands the word liberalism and pluralism that were mentioned by Datuk Seri Jamil Khir.
Malaysia does accept “the plurality of religious and ethnic communities”but that does not makes Malaysia ‘a pluralistic and liberal country’; furthermore, Malaysia does not accept pluralism of religion.
“The very idea that Malaysia has accepted the plurality of religious and ethnic communities”,shows that our Rulers, the government and the Malays respect other religions and ethnic communities as how Islam teaches us.
But that does not make us liberal.
Professor Ebrahim also said:
“If you want to get away from liberalism, you need to tear up the Malaysian constitution” Professor Ebrahim E. I. Moosa – TMI
Tear up the Malaysian Constitution if we do not want liberalism?
I do not know if Professor Ebrahim knows what is he talking about, if he thinks he does, he must be so confused or he must has read the constitution of another country!
And there is no such word as ‘liberalism’ in our Federal Constitution.
Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia says:
Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practiced in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.
… and we have Article 11(4) to protect the religion of the Federation:
State law and in respect of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam.
Islam is the only religion mentioned in the Federal Constitution, and Islam is protected by the Federal Constitution and the state laws.
In fact as the religion of the Federation, Islam is above other religions in Malaysian; and that is against the idea of liberalism that rejects state religion.
Moreover, Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution recognises the Syariah Court.
Now, if the professor does not understand what is liberalism and pluralism, he should ask somebody.
Liberalism is all about total freedom and pluralism is saying that one’s religion is not thesole and exclusive source of truth,and thus the acknowledgement that at least some truths and true values exist in other religions.
When TMI wrote that, the professor said that,“Malaysia was a pluralistic and liberal country”,I wonder if the word “was”is a typo or he used the word,“was”to indicate that Malaysia was once a pluralistic and liberal country but not anymore.
For the record, Malaysia is neither was nor is a pluralistic and liberal country.
History tells us that Malaysia is always an Islamic country even before our independence.
Actually the existing Islamic laws before Merdeka Day are still valid according to Article 162 of the Federal Constitution which says:
Subject to the following provisions of this Article and Article 163*, the existing laws shall, until repealed by the authority having power to do so under this Constitution, continue in force on and after Merdeka Day, with such modifications as may be made therein under this Article and subject to any amendments made by federal or State law.
The professor also told us to learn history:
“The first thing to be done, to the many spokespersons who are saying these things, is a quick lesson in Malaysian history… Malaysian history 101… to re-familiarise themselves” -TMI.
Actually the person who needs to learn history is him and most of those who supported the above TMI article!
And above all, since he is not a Malaysian and since he just came to Malaysia, he should not interfere in local issues that he knows nothing about.
He might want to say that as a scholar, he should know better about our Federal Constitution than others including our Federal Constitution experts like Dato’ Naser Disa and Professor Shamrahayu.
But, has he ever read the Federal Constitution and does he know that it takes a lawyer to interpret law and constitution?
I hope that the government can take stern actions on those who make such a malicious distortion of the truth regarding the Federal Constitution of Malaysia including foreigners because our Federal Constitution is the highest law and something like the pillar of our country.
Those ‘scholars’ are bringing bad influences as they being used by certain groups to influence the public into believing something fictitious in order to serve their hidden agendas and this could cause racial and religious disharmony among the people.
And these so called “Muslim scholars” are spreading the ideologies of liberalism and pluralism as the teaching of Islam when these ideologies are actually part of deviant teaching.