Yesterday, I attended the ‘Seminar Mendaulatkan Islam Agama Negara’ organised by Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (MUAFAKAT) and co-organised by Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM).
There were more than one thousand participants who attended the seminar which was held at the Dewan Muktamar, Pusat Islam, Kuala Lumpur.
It is a very important event because the speakers taught us a lot of important facts about Islam as the religion of Malaysia as written in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
The President of Dewan Negara, H. E. Tan Sri Abu Zahar Ujang officiated the seminar.
The keynote speech was delivered by YABhg. Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, who is the former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia.
I think that the most important fact that was explained during the seminar was about the Article 3 (1) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, which says that, “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.”
A lot of people do not understand the Article 3 (1) and say that, “Islam is the official religion of Malaysia.”
Islam is not only the official religion but Islam is the religion of Malaysia and there is a big different between the religion of Malaysia and the official religion Malaysia.
If Islam is only the official religion, Malaysia could have has other unofficial religions; which means that this country believes in Pluralism of Religion.
This is wrong because Malaysia has only one religion which is Islam, while other religions can be practiced peacefully in this country.
So leaders, politicians and all of the Malaysian citizens must understand and respect this fact; for as Malaysians we must protect the Federal Constitution.
I hope that the opposition will stop twisting the Article 3 (1) and stop making demands against the Federal Constitution such as IFC.
I am very proud to be one of the secretariat members of the event and having the chance to talk to YABhg. Tun Ahmad Fairuz and his wife, Uncle YB Dato’ Zulkifli Noordin, Uncle Dr. Sidek Baba, Uncle Azril Mohd. Amin, Dato’ Rahmah Abdul Hamid (who is Khairy Jamaluddin’s mother), Uncle Dato’ Mustapha Ma from MACMA and a lot of other wonderful people who love our country and fight to protect Islam and the Malaysian Contitution.
I also met a lot of wonderful people from the press, for example Uncle Ansari from Astro Awani and lots of uncles and aunties from AntaraPos, Utusan and other medias.
Seminar Mendaulatkan Islam – Agama Negara (SEMAIAN)
Date: 5th January 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 8:00 morning – 5:30 evening
Location: Dewan Muktamar, Pusat Islam, Kuala Lumpur
Titles of papers to be presented during SEMAIAN:
Keynote Speech: Memartabatkan Islam Sebagai Agama Negara by Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim ( Former Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia)
Islam, Raja dan Melayu Sebagai Paksi Keutuhan Negara Berdasarkan Perlembagaan Persekutuan by Dato’ Mohd Noor Abdullah (Former Judge of Appeal Court of Malaysia)
Ancaman Terhadap Kedudukan Islam Agama Negara by Haji Mahamad Naser Disa (Bureau of Law, Federal Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council/ Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (MAIWP))
Kedaulatan Islam Sebagai Agama Negara – Peranan Raja-Raja Melayu Berpaksi Perlembagaan Persekutuan by Associate Proffessor Dr. Shamrahayu Abdul Aziz (Lecture, Kulliyyah of Laws International Islamic University Malaysia/ Pensyarah, Kulliyyah Undang-undang Profesor Ahmad Ibrahim, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia)
Islam Agama Negara: Antara Tuntutan HAM Sejagat dan Kedaulatan Islam Dalam Perlembagaan by Azril Mohd Amin (Vice President, Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia (PPMM))
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The afternoon before the Seminar Dakwah Nasional, we were already busy at the Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) to get things ready for the seminar.
Uncle Mahmud who was the event floor manager, told us that we need to do a rehearsal of the officiating ceremony by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia so that he could estimate the timing of the event.
When I volunteered to be the DPM, Uncle Mahmud thought that I was too young and fear if I could not do it right since the DPM was the main role in the rehearsal and I need to pretend to make the opening speech and launch the books.
Anyway, Pak Cik Amin supported me and so were the others who said that I’ll be able to do it.
And so, I became the Deputy Prime Minister in the rehearsal 🙂
Abang Nasrul volunteered to be Datuk Ustaz Hj Mohd Nakhaie, Pak Cik Burhan as Pak Cik Amin and Pak Cik Amin as Ustaz Muhammad ‘Uthman El-Muhammady.
It was fun but it was not that easy and I must do it seriously because the event was very important and Uncle Mahmud needed the right timing for the music and other things.
I had to walk from the beginning of the red carpet escorted by Abang Nasrul to the Dewan Merdeka followed by Kashah who played the role as the media.
As the DPM, I must not walk too fast or not too slow and I must walk on the red carpet.
And at last, when I arrived at the Dewan Merdeka, I went up the stage and was greeted by Pak Cik Amin.
I sat at the DPM’s seat and Abang Nasrul escorted me to the rostrum to make the speech to officiate the seminar.
After that we went to our seats.
Next I went to the other side of the stage to launch the books followed Abang Nasrul and Pak Cik Amin.
The music was too loud and the speaker was very near so it hurt my ears.
We had to do the rehearsal 3 times 🙂
I was very excited to play the role as the DPM and give a speech on the stage at the Dewan Merdeka, PWTC because I want to become a politician and give speeches at PWTC.
In 2006, as I watched my big sister Kaman and Kashah gave a speech at PWTC, I told my mother that one day I’ll give a speech at PWTC too 🙂
Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (Muafakat) had successfully organised a two-day Seminar Dakwah Nasional (National Islamic Missionary Movements Seminar) on October 8 and 9, 2012 at Dewan Merdeka, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), in Kuala Lumpur.
The seminar was officiated by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tan Sri Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd Yassin on October 8, 2012 .
At the event, YAB Tan Sri Haji Muhyiddin launched three new books, Falsafah Agama John Hick, Pluralisme Agama: Satu Gerakan Iblis Memurtadkan Ummah and Pluralisme Agama di Alam Melayu.
The speakers were:
Ustaz Muhammad ‘Uthman El-Muhammady
Wan Adli Wan Ramli
Dr. Amran Muhammad
Prof. Dato’ Dr Sidek Baba
Ir. Dr. Muhamad Fuad Yeoh Abdullah
Professor Dato’ Paduka Mohamad Abu Bakar
Sdr. A Karim Omar
Profesor Datuk Dr. Abdul Latiff Abu Bakar
Datuk Ustaz Hj Mohd Nakhaie Ahmad
YB Ustaz Nasharuddin Mat Isa