Malaysia is an Islamic State??? Im confused

Posted: July 19, 2007 in Society

I have to correct you. We have never been secular because being secular by Western definition means separation of the Islamic principles in the way we govern a country said Najib

We are an Islamic nation with its own interpretation…. what does that mean? When it is to my advantage I’m this and when it’s not I am.Is that what it means??? We have never been secular? That’s really funny.

According to wikepedia;
A secular state is a state or country that is officially neutral in matters of religion, neither supporting nor opposing any particular religious beliefs or practices, and most often has no state religion or equivalent. A secular state also treats all its citizens equally regardless of religion, and does not give preferential treatment for a citizen from a particular religion over other religions.

Theoretically, a secular state is defined as protecting freedom of religion as pursued in state secularism. It is also described to be a state that prevents religion from interfering with state affairs, and prevents religion from controlling government or exercising political power. Laws protect each individual including religious minorities from discrimination on the basis of religion.

But according to Najib we are not a secular state right? So where does that leave us? This definition certainly sounds like the Malaysia I’ve lived in for the last 25 years or so…

Islam is the official religion and we are an Islamic state. But as an Islamic state, it does not mean that we don’t respect the non-Muslims. The Muslims and the non-Muslims have their own rights (in this country),” he told reporters after officiating the “International Conference on the Role of Islamic States in a Globalised World” on behalf of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at a hotel here.
Hmm now I’m really confused… We all are aware that Islam is the official religion in the country but to say its an Islamic state???

This is a picture I took some time back. I was just fascinated to watch people who were going about their daily life crossing the streets of Penang. Observing the people, revealed to me the variety of cultures that we have here in Malaysia. The mix, the rojak-ness of our “rakyat”. All walks of life….But what does the picture reveal to you??


anyway for a more comprehensive view and possible answers to the whole question of whether dear old Malaysia is an Islamic state or not please refer to, Screenshots who has elaborated on this and further illustrates the desires of our founding father and views from the Malaysian Bar etc…and much more. It is sure an interesting read!

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