Blasphemy Law in Malaysia

It really gives me the creeps to think that what happened in Afghanistan where a student, Sayed Pervez Kambaksh was sentenced to death for blasphemy, could happen one day in Malaysia.

It may seemed to be impossible now but in the light of the recent case of Gan Eng Gor where the High Court ruled that it had no jurisdiction to hear a case from a Syariah Court, there is really nothing to stop the Syariah Court from pursuing an overzealous prosecution of Muslims for blasphemy. It could start off with just a small fine and when that is successful, then it would be a jail term next and when that is not questioned, the Syariah Court could start prosecuting non Muslims for blasphemy too. The High Court would then ruled that it had no jurisdiction to hear a case from a Syariah Court (sounds familiar?). When we reached that stage, is it too far fetched for someone in Malaysia to be sentenced to death for blasphemy? It would then just be another step further.

It is just not possible for two legal systems to exist without one overall master, just like a boat cannot have two captains. The Laws has to be clearly defined and any contradicting Laws has to be ironed out. Lastly, there has to be only one master for the final say which should be the Federal Court. If not, there will always be some conflicts down the road due to jurisdiction and interpretation. It is sad but such conflicts will only serve to be a platform for the zealots from both sides to sow religious intolerance.

Religion is always for the good of man but it is the evil of man that makes religion look bad.

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3 Responses to Blasphemy Law in Malaysia

  1. shorthorse says:

    The picture you are painting is extreme. The scenario, bleak. But let’s hope that our Govt will always take the moderate path. Religious tension is creeping silently into our society altho the Govt adamantly denies it. Sensitivity has piled upon sensitivity on all quarters be it amongst the Muslims, the Buddhists or the Christians. This is fertile ground for paranoia. When will we ever really be a multi racial, multi cultural & multi faith society that lives in perfect harmony as preached by our M’sia Govt to foreign visitors…? …. I hope there is an positive answer out there, no matter how long it takes!

  2. gina says:

    Yeah… sometimes people just adopt everything literally right from the Bible or Quran or any other religious books. Please lah – what era are we living in now?? We have to move along with time.

  3. asme says:

    The picture I am painting is not really extreme. It is realistic and possible if we are not careful. Remember that the new leaders of today (born in 60s and 70s) have been segregated since young due to the government policies of divide and rule. It is more likely to happen now than in the 1990s.

    Religious books are never bad or outdated. It is the people interpreting them.

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