updates 1 June, 1800hrs
Pak Lah has asked the people to accept the decision on Lina Joy with an open mind and not be overcome by emotions. He said his government did not influence the court. "That is the decision of the court; I don't question them," the PM said yesterday. Read the Bernama report here.
Our blogosphere continues to resonate with talk about the decision. Zewt has refused to blog about it here and still gets over 30 comments for the posting.
Kata Tak Nak [It must not be legal]
Abdul Jalil Backer [Lina Joy ikon mencabar perlembagaan Malaysia]
Nuraina A. Samad [Conversations: How come you're not blogging about Lina Joy...?]
and various takes by Haris Ibrahim [here, here and here]
Lina Joy and the Deed Poll. Until the Eighties, what you needed to do to convert to another religion was to adevertise a "Deed Poll" in the local newspapers and declare that you, Mohd So-and-So, had renounced your religion and did not wish to be known as Mohd So-and-So as your Christian name now was Mr So-and-So.
After that, you go to the NRD with the cutting of your "Deed Poll" and get your ID amended accordingly.
Then the religious authorities told newspapers that they must get Perkim's consent before publishing any "Deed Poll" advertisements. As far as the experts I spoke to were concerned, no consent was ever given.
If we could go back to the "Deed Poll" days, perhaps life for the Lina Joys - and everybody else - would have been simpler.
A Voice (Interfaith issues .. Gimme a Break!)
Elizabeth Wong (Realpolitik behind Lina Joy decision)
Walski (Lina Joy loses her appeal) and (Joy Overload)
Big Dog (No one can embrace or leave religion as one fancies)
Marina Mahathir (Do we believe in the Quran?)
Shar101 (Lina Joy: The aftermath)
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Losing my Religion
At 10:58 p.m.