Friday, September 01, 2006

Lina Joy case update

Here in Malaysia, the Lina Joy case continues to attract attention. Lina Joy, as you may recall, is the Malay woman who was 'born into Islam' (by Malaysian law, all ethnic Malays MUST be Muslim). She has long since turned away from the 'religion of her birth'. Lina Joy, to her credit, has chosen to become a Christian, and is waging a legal battle to be able to marry her Christian fiancee as a Christian as well as her right to live as a Christian (the real 'religion of peace'). Her legal team is standing by Ms. Joy and pleading her case, despite numerous Islamic death threats.

Ms. Joy has been battling for years for the right, supposedly guaranteed by the Malaysian Constitution (supposedly the "Supreme Law" of this country), to exercise the freedom to choose her own religion. This is something Americans and Westerners take for granted, and something that Islam takes away.

Well, Malaysia's top court is stalling on the matter:

Court has yet to decide on Lina Joy’s appeal

PUTRAJAYA: There will be no decision yet on Lina Joy’s appeal to the Federal Court against the Court of Appeal’s majority decision on Sept 19 last year which ruled that the National Registration Department director-general was right in not allowing her application to delete the word “Islam” from her identity card.

Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim said the three-man bench comprising himself, Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, Datuk Richard Malanjum and Federal Court judge Datuk Alauddin Mohd Sheriff needed time to look into the submissions by the parties carefully because the issue was sensitive.

The Malaysian Federal Court is damned if they do and damned if they don't. Denying Ms. Joy her constitution right to freedom of religion is tantamount to throwing the "Supreme Law" of Malaysia out the window. Granting her wishes to formally leave Islam will cause the usual Muslim reaction--a violent one ... protests, intimidation, threats of violence, riots, demonstrations, and maybe worse. Muslims and Muslim groups have already made veiled threats to do such things if 'their side' loses the case.

Considering this 'no-win' situation, the court's reluctance to pass judgement isn't terribly surprising. Rather than doing what's right, I expect them to continue procrastinating for the forseeable future, or maybe even indefinitely.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Rather than doing what's right, ..."

Methinks they don't have the guts(when they should).


~wits0~

Anonymous said...

Meantime my sympathy meter for 'em judges in case they're not sleeping too well isn't reading anything. :D

~wits0~

Anonymous said...

you know her lawyer mr. sawar is also facing death threats? And he's a muslim. There's no easy way to end this..

Anonymous said...

"Denying Ms. Joy her constitution right to freedom of religion is tantamount to throwing the "Supreme Law" of Malaysia out the window".

What is 'Denying her constitution right' all about?? Are you the judge that have the right to make comments about this case?

"Granting her wishes to formally leave Islam will cause the usual Muslim reaction--a violent one ... protests, intimidation, threats of violence, riots, demonstrations, and maybe worse. Muslims and Muslim groups have already made veiled threats to do such things if 'their side' loses the case".

'Usual Muslim reaction - a violent one' --> That certainly not true. Muslims only react when they have been treated unfairly. Look at Palestine, how isrealis bombs their homes and take their land with such a cruel actions.

The Anti-Jihadist said...

“EVERY person has the right to profess and practise his religion.” Article 11 of Malaysia's constitution could hardly be more definitive. Yet you, anonymous, are so typical of the Muslims, ever eager to deny these rights to anyone or everyone. I wish I had been the judge in this case.

And why comment about Israel? This is not an Israel thread. So why don't you post your taqiyya on Israel on those posts?

Come back when you've grown a brain.