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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Life, liberty and happiness... denied

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It's always distressing when Walski reads news like this. Done in the name of Islam.

Image hosting by PhotobucketRehab: Believe, or else...
(read full story here)

Breaking the family apart, mother and kids sent to rehab. Rehab for what? And before you say that this is to ensure the sanctity of Islam is upheld, read the full article here, courtesy of Malik Imtiaz Sarwar (for those of you who subscribe to Malaysiakini, click on the image above, or go here).

Now, more than ever, we are seeing the real reason why Malaysians are required to have their professed religion emblazoned on their identity card - for easy detection of "Muslims", for the purposes of rounding them up and throwing them into rehab when necessary. And also why the very vocal Muslim NGOs are so against Article 11. For them, religion is not a personal choice, but something to be imposed on others, against their will via "rehab", if necessary.

No compulsion in religion? Freedom of religion guaranteed by the Malaysian Constiution? Guess again.

Believe, or else. And you damn well better believe how and what to believe. Or else.

It's crap like this that makes Walski wonder if there is any hope left for this country to come to its senses. Perhaps it's time to look for someplace else to live. Somewhere more humane. Someplace else where the national Constitution actually means something, and the rights enshrined honored.
(more rehab thoughts, in the full post)

This news comes not two weeks after another case in Melaka, highlighted in the International Herald Tribune (hat-tip to The Malaysian). In this instance, the mother has been placed in rehab, separated from her 15-month old daughter. It's not immediately known for how long the mother will be detained. Or will it be until she is rehabilitated, however long it takes?

You would think that on the year Malaysia celebrates it's 50th year of independence, submission would be a thing of the past. But apparently not. We seem to be getting more firmly mired in the grips of Third World thinking. Just curious, but would operations such as this, coming into someone's home, and literally abducting them to be put in "rehab", be carried out with some sort of court order? Or does JAIS not need such worldly authority of law?

The last thing Walski was expecting is some kind of Spanish Inquisition...

And like Monty Python's Spanish Inquisition, the parameters of what rights Malaysian citizenry has keeps changing - not for the better. As it is, Walski doubts that the direction Malaysia seems to be heading is what our esteemed forefathers imagined when they fought for independence...