These are bigots who don't understand being matured and respecting The Rule Of Law. They make a mockery of the law & human rights in the name of Islam. They give Islam a bad name, They act as gods & judge others in the name of Islam. Yes, they are fast heading to Talibanism!
By Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir
Well, well, well ...this must be a new strategy to win elections...alienate the hearts and minds of half the population by saying that they should not have any rights. Rights are supposedly a Western invention, which seems to say that in Islam, one has no rights, especially if you're a woman.
These are the same people behind HIMPUN. I've always maintained that these supremacist movements are basically macho male movements and women have absolutely nothing to gain from them. Well, here's proof.
Muslim NGO bares fangs over gender rights forum 7:16PM Oct 29, 2011
A Muslim NGO is taking issue with a roundtable discussion on gender rights and women’s issues on the basis that it allegedly promotes “Western” ideas that it claims are a threat to Islamic values.
The group, Majlis Perundingan Pertubuhan Islam Malaysia (Mapim), in a statement today objected to the event ‘Gender Equality: Unaddressed Women's Rights Issues’ organised by Empower on Oct 31 in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Mapim general-secretary Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid singled out two sessions at the roundtable in particular, ‘UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Defending the Human Rights of Lesbians, Bisexual Women and Transgenders in Malaysia’ by Angela Kuga Thas and ‘A CEDAW Approach to Family Law in Advancing Equality and Non Discrimination’ by Lalitha Menon.
“Mapim rejects attempts by a group of secularists and liberals who are keen to be slaves of the Western agenda,” said Mohd Azmi.
“Discussions such as this is secretly aimed at fuelling campaigns and advocacy to change the values and moral foundations of Islam that are central to Malay-Muslims and Malaysians in general,” he charged.
“We are concerned with attempts by this group which want to highlight the rights of lesbians and bisexual women in terms of human rights within the country.”
He said that it was not acceptable to bring to the fore discussions of the rights of lesbians and gays in terms of human rights.
“Lifestyles that are opposed to Islam and Eastern culture should not be made topics for debate because Malaysian society has already been shaped by religious values that should be respected,” said Mohd Azmi.
According to publicity material on the forum found on the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) website, the full-day roundtable discussion "aims at promoting and monitoring gender equality to see whether it is in line with the rights-based framework as put forward in the rights-based framework as put forward in the CEDAW, ratified by Malaysia in 1995". It will feature opening remarks by Suhakam commissioner James Nayagam.
No to discussion on women’s equality In the same breath, the Mapim representative also riled against attempts at the same forum to discuss women-related family laws “from the angle of equality and discrimination”. “Mapim regrets efforts to challenge Islamic family laws and those who criticise it based on human and gender rights, such as is highlighted in Western culture and values.
“Efforts to continue to question Islamic family laws within the Islamic Family Enactment that now exists in this country will bring with it huge implications, that is to move for Islamic laws to be changed to suit the values and lifestyles of the secular-liberal West, in the name of women’s rights and human rights,” he said.
Using the age-old argument that the position of Islam is guaranteed in the constitution as the nation's official religion, Mohd Azmi argued that this position should be “entrenched as the basis of all forms of thought that are advanced in the mainstream of our society”.