• Pabila anak kita bertanya

    Adakah iman kita iman pembuli? Hanya lantang pada rambut gadis mencemuh seragam wirawati negara menggertak anak muda bercinta Adakah iman kita iman pengecut? Diam saat hutan dara diragut senyap tika gunung ditelanjangi menikus masa laut dan lurah dinodai Adakah iman kita iman penjarah? Sibuk membinasa tugu soldadu kalut memusnah lang yang kaku amuk menentang salib tanpa […]

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  • Parlimen dan mahkamah hilang keagungannya

    Semasa sebuah persidangan serantau di Kuala Lumpur baru-baru ini, saya telah berbual santun dengan orang yang duduk di sebelah saya. “Jadi saudara dalam jawatankuasa parlimen yang mana?” soal rakan baru saya, yang baru saya ketahui merupakan ketua sebuah institut penyelidikan kerajaan Vietnam. Dia tertanya-tanya tentang peranan saya sebagai seorang Ahli Parlimen Malaysia. “Itu satu soalan […]

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  • Meaningless to have syariah laws without maqasid syariah

    In the quest for political gain, the higher purpose of Islam – which is the achieving of justice, compassion, wisdom and righteousness – is easily forfeited. It is an unfortunate fact of Malaysian politics that discourse revolving around complex political issues is often reduced to banal statements that are more emotional than rational. In most […]

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  • Religion is a matter of personal faith and not the bureaucracy

    I refer to the Court of Appeal’s decision on 17 August 2016 to dismiss an application to renounce Islam by three Bumiputera Muslim converts in Sarawak. The applicants were originally non-Muslims who had converted to Islam for marriage. Following the dissolution of their marriages, they are now, by their own declaration, no longer practising Muslims. […]

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  • Penang in the World

    On behalf of the Penang Institute, I bid you all a warm welcome to Penang, and to our new home. It is indeed an auspicious occasion as we celebrate not only the launch of the Penang Institute’s brand new office building, but also the inaugural Penang in the World Conference held here at our very […]

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  • Malaysia’s Parliament and courts – no longer supreme

    I engaged in polite conversation, as one often does in such situations, with the person seated next to me during a recent regional conference in KL. “So which parliamentary committee are you in?” asked my newfound counterpart, who I had discovered was the head of a state-funded research institute in Vietnam. He was curious about […]

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  • Al-Kisah Melayu dan DAP (Bhg 3)

    Bahagian sebelumnya… Pada tahap cendekia, kerajaan negeri Pulau Pinang juga menggerakkan wacana Islam melalui badan pemikir Penang Institute. Dengan kerjasama gerakan masyarakat sivil, Penang Institute telah memulakan siri syarahan dan perbincangan meja bulat yang menampilkan tokoh cendekiawan Islam seperti Tariq Ramadan dari Universiti Oxford, penulis Turki Mustafa Akyol dan ahli akademik yang lain seperti Ebrahim […]

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