This is something I wrote a week ago:
As I write this, the large Pas rally in support of Hadi’s bill was scheduled to take place in KL on 18 February 2017.
While it is well within Pas’ right to hold this rally, its private member’s bill (Hadi’s bill) has raised uneasiness, especially in our plural and multi-religious society.
Many of the older generation can recall a time when religion was not such a divisive subject in the country.
Ideally, everyone should be equal before the law, so that there is one set of laws that govern the nation and not different standards.
Universal values – such as, natural justice, solidarity, fundamental freedoms as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related international treaties that should govern the nation – have evolved over centuries to form the basis of common law.
What has happened over the years is that certain quarters appear to have exploited religion for their own political ends. The changes they are seeking could alter the character of the Constitution, which was designed for a plural society of many different faiths and ethnic backgrounds while acknowledging certain local realities.