KUALA LUMPUR, June 16:
There is no provision in the Federal Constitution that declares our fundamental rights must be consistent with Islam. Therefore, Malaysia is a secular state.
He said in that decision, former Lord President Tun Salleh Abbas, along with four others Wan Suleiman, George Seah, Hashim Yeop A. Sani and Syed Agil Barakbah, ruled Malaysia was governed by secular law.
“They meant that the history of the state had always been pointing in a secular direction and that we were not an Islamic state. Yes, we are secular, but the question is, to what extent?”
He said the Constitution was fine the way it was as it encompassed principles that our founding fathers had agreed upon when the nation was formed.
“More important than the constant political bickering is the need to make sure our country has good political leadership to steer us to greater heights, at the same time making sure we provide justice for all.
“It is important for us to stem out both racial and religious bigotry and avoid being embroiled in this perennial political polemics and conflict that will only lead us down the path of self-destruction.”
He said when sanity and reason prevailed, Malaysia would be a better nation.
“We share this nation and as long as we hold on to the values of justice, accountability, strong religious and moral values and fairness, we shall make Malaysia a prosperous nation for all.”