Thursday, February 16, 2006

This is one strange woman

When I read what Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil had to say about the controversy surrounding the proposed amendments to the Islamic Family Law (Federal Territories) (Amendment) Act 2005 here and here, I was somewhat confused but did not want to blog about it because of this particular sentence that was mentioned here by Jamaah Islah Malaysia women’s chief Dr Harlina Halizah Siraj:-

“The low level of legal literacy among women here also needs to be addressed so that they will be more sensitive to new developments and not be easily fooled by any parties.”

and more importantly this:-

“Those who have been critical of the Bill only exposed their ignorance of the Sources of the Islamic Law, Priorities of the Islamic Law and the Cardinal Principles of the Islamic Law.

“Any criticism and comments on Syariah should only be made by parties who are well versed with the sources of Syariah, namely the Quran, the Hadiths (Authentic Traditions of the Prophet), Ijma’ (Consensus), Qiyas (Analogy) and other secondary sources of Islamic jurisprudence”.

Obviously, since I am a non-Muslim, by implication of the above statement, I really do not have any right to voice my opinion on this issue. Perhaps I should also feel ashamed for daring to do so in an earlier posting here. That was the whole point of this not-so-subtle chiding, wasn't it?

But clearly, there are others who share my sentiments and some one from the Muslim community felt similarly confused and offended enough to write to Malaysiakini here and another letter here from a fellow non-Muslim.

So, what gives, Datuk Seri Shahrizat?



Blogger Maverick SM said...

I wouldn't comment on Islamic Law unless I am competent to do so.

There is nothing wrong to make observation and discuss.

Your opinion should be appreciated or rebutted; that's all!

16/2/06 18:07  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

I guess I can learn something from this.

16/2/06 21:04  
Blogger H J Angus said...

As citizens we can always express our feelings on laws passed that affect Malaysians.

Provided we do not incite people to riot or commit violence acts.

If the laws are really that good, why did they not gazette it?

The price of freedom is vigilance.

17/2/06 12:18  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

It is not only press freedom that is currently under attack here.

Isn't it ironic that because we are a multi-racial and multi-religious society that there are people who would use this excuse to justify shutting people up?

And since the govt has already decided to look into the matter before it is gazetted, I also wonder why the minister and the rest felt the need to tell everyone off.

I would have thought that non-Muslims who fight for the rights of Muslim sisters are showing a good example of what national unity is all about.

To imply that this whole affair should not concern others who will not be affected by it is pretty hypocritical of the govt's agenda to promote national unity & solidarity among all races.

That is confusing to me. And it has made me question the minister's personal agenda.

17/2/06 15:37  
Blogger Maverick SM said...

You have rested so many days... write, write, blog, blog ... we are waiting.

20/2/06 15:36  
Blogger Maverick SM said...

What happen to you, Amoi?

You are hybernating?

5/3/06 23:30  

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