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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Malay rulers wanted Merdeka with Islam under their state jurisdiction


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press-stMalay rulers were against any move to turn the country into an Islamic state from the very beginning of Malaya independence talks, said Hindraf Makkal Sakti in a statement released today.

During the pre-independence talks for Malaya, Hindraf supremo P. Waytha Moorthy said the rulers definitely backed for the establishment of a secular state to safeguard the rights and interests of all Malaysians.

Waytha Moorthy said documents on pre-independence talks disclosed that the rulers wanted Islamic religious matters to be under their jurisdiction.

He said Malaysians must know that during the era before Merdeka, all states in Malaya were identified and recognised as separate territories.

The respective rulers wanted control over Islamic religious affairs and maintain a secular state in their respective “countries”, he added.
According to Waytha Moorthy, the Malay rulers submitted a collective representation on this to the Reid Commission through their legal counsel, a highly respected British Queen’s Counsel Neil Lawson, who was a member of British Communist Party.

Reid Commission was formed to receive recommendations and draft the Constitution for the imminent independence of the Federation of Malaya.

“The rulers unanimously agreed and accepted only the proposition and implication of parliamentary democracy and civil law to reign supreme over everything else.

“They never wanted an Islamic state,” Waytha Moorthy, pointing out that the system of constitutional monarch was a fundamental foundation of an independent Malaya.

He was responding to the political furore caused by PAS’s desire to turn Malaysia to an Islamic state and introduce hudud as the supreme legislation.

Waytha Moorthy believes that DAP national chairman and senior parliamentarian Karpal Singh was absolutely right to oppose PAS’s Islamic agenda as unconstitutional.

Charging that the Islamisation process of administration started by former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamed was unconstitutional, Waytha Moorthy said he and his party Umno’s unconstitutional misconduct was disdainful of the spirit of country’s independence
 Under the BN’s 55 years of misrule in the country, Umno had intimidated and bullied via religious extremism and racism while the BN component parties were politically impotent to stop Umno hegemony, chided Waytha Moorthy.
The rulers had once opposed Islamisation of administration and federal government interference or involvement in religious affairs. “This was well documented in Malaya pre-independence talks,” said Waytha Moorthy.

Hence, he said an Islamic agenda would be unconstitutional and against interests of all Malaysians, the very spirit of independence and wishes of rulers to be just and fair to all Malaysians. The unanimous stand by the monarchs against an Islamic state was discovered when Waytha Moorthy scrutinised documents on the Malaya pre-independence talks in London archives.

He extracted about 40,000 documents after perusing some half-million documents on Malaya pre-independence talks to facilitate Hindraf’s multi-million ringgit class action suit against the UK government.

Waytha Moorthy, who returned to Malaysia after five years living in England, filed the suit in London High Court on July 2.

The suit was to seek justice for colonial wrongs done by the British government, the country’s former colonial government, to Malaysian ethnic Indians.

Waytha Moorthy rubbished suggestions that the country’s Islamic agenda was an exclusive Malay-Muslim issue and not for others to deliberate because of its sensitivity.

He said the agenda affects some 13 million non-Muslim Malaysians who have equal citizenry rights to oppose any attempt to establish an Islamic state.

He said the pro-Islamist groups should not foolishly talk as if only Malay-Muslims have dignity, rights and sensitivity while others don’t.

He said ethnic Indian and Chinese communities who represented the world’s earliest, greater and dominant civilizations have all rights to uphold a secular state and civil law supremacy.

“Islamic agenda was matter of national interests and the Malay- Muslims should realise they were not the only citizens in the country.”

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