Sabtu, 29 Ogos 2009

Bila Islam Dipandang Remeh

Ni la jadi bila Islam dipandang setaraf dengan agama lain. Sekular. Sapa bawak idea sekular nih? Sapa perjuangkan idea sekular nih? Fikir-fikirkanlah, who, what, when,why, how,.....

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Justice for Kartika - Memo to PM

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) appeals to YAB Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak to take immediate steps to address the issue of the sentence of whipping meted out to Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno.

JAG also urges the government to review whipping as a form of punishment as it violates international human rights principles which regard whipping and other forms of corporal punishment as cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Moreover, research has shown that whipping is not an effective deterrent, even to violent or sexual crimes.

The court’s decision to whip Kartika for consuming alcohol has led to a public outcry at the national and international levels, damaging Malaysia’s reputation as a moderate Muslim country. It also fuels the widespread belief that Islam is a religion that discriminates against women. While civil law in Malaysia prohibits the caning of women, syariah law makes no such exception.

JAG believes there are compelling reasons why Kartika’s case should be reviewed - on syariah, constitutional and legal grounds, international human rights principles, and based on sentencing guidelines. They include:

Syariah Grounds

(i) Qur’anic teachings emphasise repentance, forgiveness and personal transformation. Even the verses on punishment for theft (Surah Al-Maai’dah 5:38-39) and robbery (5:33-34), emphasise that an offender who repents after his crime and amends his conduct, is redeemed, as God is forgiving and merciful.

(ii) Kartika has repeatedly expressed remorse and repented for her action. She should be forgiven, instead of be given the maximum punishment.

(iii) There is no consensus in Malaysia on the range of crimes for which whipping is prescribed,. Only Pahang, Perlis and Kelantan provide whipping for alcohol consumption under their Syariah Criminal Offences Codes.

Sentencing Guidelines

(iv) Under normal sentencing guidelines, Kartika should not have been given the maximum punishment as she had pleaded guilty, was a first time offender and has shown and continues to show remorse.

(v) The whipping sentence is also disproportionate to the gravity of the offence committed, especially since there was no violence involved in the commission of the offence.

(vi) When an accused pleads guilty, it is a mitigating factor. Therefore, the judge should have taken that into consideration in favour of the accused, and should not have meted out the maximum sentences in terms of the fine imposed and number of strokes for whipping.

Constitutional and legal issues

(vii) Can the Kajang prison which is established under Federal law execute an order issued by the syariah court which is under state jurisdiction?

(viii) Can a Federal authority execute a sentence of whipping against a Muslim woman when the Prison Regulations 2000 forbids corporal punishment to be applied to a female prisoner (of any age), or a male prisoner who is more than 50-years-old?

(ix) Can the Pahang Syariah Court simply impose an additional sentence of imprisonment for seven days after the trial had ended and the case deemed closed, just for the punishment of whipping to be carried out?

(x) The victimisation of Kartika violates constitutional guarantees of equality and non-discrimination under Article 8(2) of the Federal Constitution. Under federal law, a woman cannot be whipped, but under syariah, she can. Daily, thousands of Muslims violate the syariah law which forbids alcohol consumption. And yet, Kartika is victimised with the maximum punishment to set an example to others.

(xi) Is it the duty of the state – in order to bring about a moral society – to turn all “sins” into “crimes against the state”? Or should this be private morality best left to the religious conscience of the individual, rather than be deemed public morality and turned into a matter of law? As practice shows, the enforcement of such moral policing laws has often led to controversies, abuses and public outcry. In the end the Federal Government intervenes and those arrested are released.

International Obligations

(xii) As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) since 1995, Malaysia is committed to uphold respect and equality for women. This commitment is complimented by Malaysia’s obligations under the Universal Periodic Review whereby Malaysia’s delegation had during the UPR process in February 2009 reaffirmed Malaysia’s “respect for human rights long established given the country’s character as a melting pot of various cultures, religions and ethnicities”.

(xiii) Malaysia is also committed to the 1988 ASEAN Declaration on the Advancement of Women, the 2004 ASEAN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 2005 Putrajaya Declaration and Programme of Action on the Advancement of Women in Member Countries of the Non-Aligned Movement.

In the long term, we urge the Government to conduct a comprehensive review of the Syariah Criminal Offences laws of this country, with a view to repeal such laws, thus enabling all Malaysians to be governed by a single Penal Code under federal administration.

In 2005, Sisters in Islam, a member of JAG submitted a memorandum to the Government to reiterate its call for the Syariah Criminal Offences laws to be repealed on the grounds that they have no basis in Islamic legal theory and practice; they conflict with the Federal Constitution and that they conflict or overlap with the Penal Code and other federal laws. SIS had commissioned two reviews by Professor Muhammad Hashim Kamali and Professor Shad Saleem Faruqi and these have been shared with the Government.

The Government must show the political will and courage to once and for all deal with the implications of such intrusive moral policing laws. The implementation of these laws continues to raise numerous profound and controversial issues at the Islamic, constitutional, and human rights levels.

They also fail to reflect the changing realities of Malaysian life today. The continual public outrage over moral policing laws reflects the disconnect between state control of private lives and personal choices, and how Malaysians view their entitlements to these rights. This can no longer remain unresolved.

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG)
Petaling Jaya
25 August 2009

Selasa, 18 Ogos 2009

Amar Zaquan

Introducing my latest anak sedara... Amar Zaquan!!!


Comei kan dia? Tapi kesian dia, selepas gambar ni diambil, kami hantar dia pi hospital Tapah untuk check demam kuning. 3 kali cucuk baru bole ambil darah. Sian dia. Menjerit nangis sekuat hati masa kena cucuk. Pastu dah dapat lab result, dia kena tahan hospital. Demam kuning.

Aku pulak, dah nak masuk 3 hari demam kuat. Baru hari ni lega sket. Semalam pi hospital Parit Buntar, suhu badan 39.8 darjah celcious. Selalu aku tak pi hospital, tapi akibat musim Selesema Babi ni, aku terpaksa take precaution la... Risau jugak...

Early detection can save your live!

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Rabu, 12 Ogos 2009

Watie n Zaidi

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Yeahooo... lepaskan gian shoot wedding. Walaupon tak dapat buat off camera flash kerana masalah teknikal, dapat shoot sikit pon jadi la.. Lepaskan geram.. hehehehe... Aku mmg suka ambil gambar. Kuang kuang kuang...

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Ahad, 9 Ogos 2009

FMDC UTARA Gala Dinner 2009


Sabtu lepas (08.08.09) FMDC Utara telah menganjurkan FMDC UTARA Gala Dinner 2009 yg dikelolakan oleh Naza di Cinta Sayang Golf & Country Resort dekat Sungai Petani. Ramai jurugambar belah Utara yang hadir. Ramai sgt sampai tak larat nak disebutkan di sini. As a show of support and perasaan muhibah, aku and wife mai la dinner ni. Syok, ada cabutan bertuah, makan2, jumpa otai2 fotog belah utara, sembang2 dan banyak lagi!

huhuuh.. Aku juga menang satu t-shirt dalam cabutan bertuah. Kui2... Memang best gala dinner nih, dapat jumpa dan kenal ramai org, share ilmu pengetahuan, merapatkan silaturrahim dsbgnya. (eh, dah 2 kali aku ulang benda yang sama) kui kui kui...

Anyway, aku harap lepas ni akan ada lagi event camni. Tak la aku jadi macam katak bawah tempurung jer. Aktiviti camni aku suka sbb ia buka minda kepada benda baru, situasi baru, org baru, bla..bla.. bla... Thanks again to the organizer!

gambar kredit kepada Deelapena!

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