Letters on the Lina Joy case continue to pour in to malaysiakini at a ratio of (my rough guess) 85% against the federal court’s ruling, for Lina to seek a ruling (or permission) from the syariah court to be declared officially as no longer a Muslim.
I am not sure how that’s going to help Lina – as I said in a previous posting, City Hall’s not going to cave in to such polemics.
… unless of course, such polemics, posturing and politicking are meant to serve purposes other than for Lina’s interests.
While I admire Lim Guan Eng for his dedication as an opposition leader I don’t agree at all with his remarks that that ruling will divide Malaysian society even more – how?
Malaysians or even Malayans have Muslims and non-Muslims in our society, and we all know that Muslims live their religious lives just as before where it’s hard for Muslims to leave their religion.
Yes, in recent times there may be some wannabe Arabs but that’s no different from Malaysian Christians having western names and wearing western styled clothing.
Let’s not beat an already dead horse, for if we continue to do so, the situation becomes even worse for Lina. Many Muslims believe, and I don’t blame them, that it’s all part of a plot to undermine their faith. It doesn’t help Lina if they, including members of the syariah court, start to develop a siege mentality.
For s start, our constitution has the conflicting articles – 11, 121(1) and 121(1)(a), etc – which one do we use? Can we just cherry pick as they suit our arguments? Let’s sort this one out first before we can really talk with real consistency and direction.
But until then, let’s give Lina her only avenue left. As malaysiakini reader P Dev Anand Pillai said in the last two paragraphs of his letter:
It can be well said that Malaysia is a unique place where one can see that bringing up children in households that practice different religions is very common. Trouble only starts when the child is grown and begins to adapt in the adult world where questions will be asked. We cannot be proud of the case of Lina Joy for we are going to see many more such cases and we must be ready to give them solutions and remedies for their predicaments.
If the Syariah courts are the forum, then they must be prepared to allow non-Muslims to be represented in their courts and welcome them without any form of prejudice because they are of different faiths. Therefore, if it has been decided that the Syariah courts are the forum to get justice, then let’s see if justice is served
Yes, let’s give Lina a chance with the syariah court instead of many now presumptuously closing that avenue with predictions of woe and death sentences. One cannot but get the feeling that those who have been vehemently criticizing the court’s ruling are actually delighted that the Lina Joy case has provided them with the ammunition to bash Islam and the Muslims.