JAIS Did the Right Thing

The Malaysian Insider wrote an article titled, Three Selangor lawmakers propose amending state law on using religious words. Here is an excerpt:

Three Selangor assemblyman have called for a state law passed during the Barisan Nasional rule to be amended to ensure non-Muslim rights are protected as guaranteed by the Federal Constitution.

State assemblymen Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran and Lau Weng San, representing the state constituencies of Damansara Utama, Bukit Gasing and Kampung Tunku respectively, said they would propose the changes to be made on the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988, at the next state assembly sitting.

-The Malaysian Insider

What I would like to highlight from the article is a few quotes by the three assemblymen as written below.

It (the enactment) should not be used to restrict anyone from practising and professing their own religion in their preferred language,”

“As such this section should be amended to ensure that extreme groups will not act against persons of other faiths at their own convenience.

“The enactment must be consistent with the Federal Constitution which states under Article 11(4) that ‘State law and in respect of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam’, but does not allow for curtailing the rights of non-Muslims in the manner which they practice their own faith,”

“We must not let the extremists to dictate the state and national agenda to the extent that the minorities are victimised unjustly,”

-The Malaysian Insider quoting the three assemblymen’s statement.

Also another interesting article, Selangor Islamic authorities wrong to seize Bibles, say lawyers, non-Muslim group. Here is an excerpt:

They said that Jais had acted beyond its authority and infringed the religious rights of non-Muslims, a guarantee provided under the Federal Constitution, and could lead to legal suits for committing several civil wrongs like trespass and unlawful detention.

Now, let us clear the air. The purpose of JAIS is to manage things regarding Islam and Muslim affairs in Selangor. Among other things, JAIS must be fully aware of any threats against Islam. And yes, JAIS has all the the rights to stop any threats that can threaten Islam, which is the religion of the Federation of Malaysia.

An Enactment which is cited as the ‘Non-Islamic Religious (Control of Propagation Amongst Muslims) Enactment, 1988’ was created as a guideline for the authorised officers to control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief if the act of such religious doctrine or belief is considered as an offence towards Islam according to the Enactment. This Enactment is aligned with Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia which states, “State law and in respect of the Federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam.”

In the Enactment, ‘Non-Islamic Religious (Control of Propagation Amongst Muslims) Enactment, 1988’, section 9, in short says that the act of a person who uses any of the words (and a few more) listed in the picture below, or any of its derivatives or variations, to express or describe any fact, belief, idea, concept, act, activity, matter, or thing of or pertaining to any non-Islamic religion is considered an offence.

Section 9 Enactment Non-Islamic Religions

In section 12 of the same Enactment, it states that  “An authorised officer may investigate the commission of any offence under this Enactment and may arrest without warrant any person suspected of having committed any such offence.”

Section 12 Enactment Non-Islamic Religions

The Federal Constitution have stated clearly that Article 11 of the Federal Constitution is subjected to Clause 4 of the Article; so it must not to be read separately.

Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, clearly stated that, “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.” Now, “in peace and harmony” does not means that non-Muslims may practice their religious doctrine or belief in what ever ways that they feel “peaceful”. But “in peace and harmony” means that whatever they do, they must do it in peace and harmony in regards to Islam. They must remember that Islam has the highest place in this country. Therefore, believers of other religions must make peace with Islam and not the other way around. Islam is not in the same level as other religions in Malaysia. If people of any other religions displays a threat against Islam, the authorised officers have the rights to restrict the acts of those people.

JAIS never stop the Christians from practicing their faith. JAIS did not restrict anyone from practising and professing their own religion as well as they respect the Article 3(1) and Article 11(4) and the rules of this country. They can have all the bibles in this whole world, if that is what they want; but they must respect the law of the country that says that the word ‘god’ in the bible CANNOT be translated to Allah. What JAIS did was, they took away some 300 copies of the Bahasa Malaysia and Iban versions of the Bible where the word god is translated to ‘Allah’.

For the millionth time, ‘Allah’ is NOT a Malay word. In Malaysia, the word ‘Allah’ is a proper noun. Therefore, why must the Malaysian Christians use the word ‘Allah’ as the translation of the word god? Is it because they want to imitate the Muslims? The Malay word for god is “tuhan” and not Allah. And why must there be bibles in the Malay language in the Peninsula of Malaysia where the Christians here rarely read anything in the Malay language unless they have no choice?

Congratulations JAIS for their excellent job. As for the DAP’s trio assemblyman and the non-Muslim NGOs and lawyers, please keep your feet on the ground. The people in Selangor must obey the Sultan of Selangor’s orders for the Christians to stop using the word ‘Allah’.

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6 thoughts on “JAIS Did the Right Thing

  1. Dear Kashah,
    I agree with Kashah about JAIS. The three DAP assembleymen want to change the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988?
    I wonder what will the Selangor MB, Khalid Ibrahim says. Does he still remember his Aku Janji?
    So if DAP has the power, they would also cahnge Article 11(4)? And Article 3(1) too? And also Article 153?
    The Malay bibles that were seized use the word Allah to tranlate the word god which is against the law in Selangor because of the court order and also the Sultan of Selangor’s decree. So, now DAP is supporting people who broke the law! That is assobiyah, isn’t it PAS?
    In Malaysia, no other religion can be put in the same level as Islam because Islam is the religion of the Federation.
    What will DAP’s ally PAS will do? Support DAP?

    1. Dear Ali,
      There is no doubt, DAP will use all of their powers to change Malaysia into a ‘sheep nation’. That is the reason why we as Muslims must make sure that the opposition must not gain control of Malaysia. PAS has changed and some of its key leaders are too liberal. After all now PAS has not only become close friends to the enemies of Islam but are also supporting them. The Selangor Exco of Religious Affairs dares not tell DAP to obey the law, the Sultan of Selangor and to respect Islam. PAS leaders not only betray the Muslims who had been supporting them all this while by just turn their backs on them when the Muslims were humiliated; but they even sided those people.

  2. Good job girl! 9 times out of 10,non Malays will speak English and not Malay.I think we all will agree to that unless we are lying to ourselves.Hence, why have the bible in Malay unless ada ulterior motive, namely nak murtadkan anak Melayu. Orang Bumiputra Sabah/Sarawak yang ada kat Semenanjung ni faham bible Bahasa Inggeris so tak ada excuse langsung nak ada Malay bible or have the sermon in Malay. We dont need to be rocket scientists to figure out the reason behind wanting to have a Malay Bible.This is the main reason why JAIS did what they did. The church is losing its flock in the West so that’s why they are trying to murtadkan orang Asia yang lagi senang dikelentongkan.Lebih 20 tahun aku tinggal diUK and in that time, maksalleh muda lebih tertarik pada Islam.Banyak chuch dah kena jual jadi masjid pun. Bila aku pergi ke US, kawanku kata kat church tempat dia hanya ada 20 orang yang regular, itu pun orang-orang yang dah pencen. Church memang banyak kat US,tapi orang yang pergi,semakin berkurangan.Antara tarikan Islam pada orang di Barat ialah banyak scientific evidence dalam Quran yang tak mungkin diketahui 1400 tahun dulu.
    Its a shame that Marina Mahathir is not cerdik like her father…he has my sympathies on this one.

    1. Dear Semenyih,
      Thank you. Yes, I agree with you. Marina Mahathir and Sisters In Islam are some of the people who called themselves Muslims but are actually fighting against Islam. But at least most Malaysian Muslims branded them as liberals. I think that the worst are those who use Islam to win votes but join hands with the enemies to destroy Islam like lots of the current PAS’s leaders. Those people brain wash the young Malays and turn them into rude, confused demonstrators like some leaders of the Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam Universiti Malaya who have no Muslim ‘adat’ towards ulamas like the Mufti of Perak.

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