Malaysia continues its slow and steady decline into 'Islamic Republic' status. Here's the latest example of this trend ... the 'passing' of the insidiously named "Islamic Family Law bill".
... the Government had taken into consideration the concern of women over several provisions which they felt would enhance the rights of Muslim men in cases of polygamy and their rights to divorce.How wonderful it must be to be part of a Muslim family, that is, as long as you're the man in any such arrangement. Declared in the Quran as Allah's law, and codified by Sharia, the men rule surpreme, with women forever condemned to virtual chattel status. That's all Muslims need to know about family. But even the apologists in the government here find it impossible to ignore the Gender Apartheid that is supposed to be the Muslim family unit.
"Many women have been cruelly treated by the [shariah] system. Syariah[shariah] laws safeguard the rights of all women, men and children but sometimes, the implementation is unfair towards women."Cruelty to women? Who are you to question the will of Allah? Careful there, you might start to sound western in your views towards women's rights.
It's not like there was any chance this Islamic Family Law bill (that just gives me the shivers, hearing that ) wasn't going to pass. Not like there's any meaningful democracy here anyway, when the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) party controls some 90+ percent of the parliament. The remaining part is mostly controlled by the Jihad/Islamist Party, called PAS. BN can ram whatever legislation it wants through the parliament at will ... ah the joys of an Islamic democracy.
The only meaningful difference between the two political parties is that BN prefers the slower encroachment of Islam into all segments of the national life, while PAS prefers to emulate an Iranian-style overnight 'Islamic Revolution'. The frying pan or the fire, those are the choices in Malaysian politics.