Islamic State: Which version? Whose responsibility?


Date: 9 am to 12 noon, 3rd November 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: Full Gospel Tabernacle, Wisma Eagles, USJ, Selangor
No 5 Jalan TP4, Taman Perindustrian UEP, Subang Jaya
GPS Coordinates: N03° 2.7419′, E101° 33.862′ or N3.045699, E101.564366 [ Location map ]
Registration: Registration closed – past event.
Note: A voluntary donation of RM10 can be given at the door.
Alternative registration site at Islamic Renaissance Front website here


           09:00 Welcome by FGT
09:00 – 09:10 Opening Message by Dr KJ John – Director, OHMSI
 09:10 – 09:20 Invitation by Moderator, Dato Dr Cyrus Das – Former President of the Bar Council
 09:20 – 09:40 Speech by Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa – Director, Islamic Renaissance Front
“Islamic State: which version; whose responsibility?”
 0940 – 10:20 Comments by Respondents

  • Dr Syed Farid Alatas – Head of Malay Studies Department, NUS
  • Malik Imtiaz, Founding Member of Human Rights Association
  • Dr Wong Chin Huat, Social Activist
  • YB Mujahid Yusof Rawa of the Islamic Party PAS
  • YB Nurul Izzah of PKR
  • Datuk Kenny Ng, Senior Lawyer Elder of Emmanuel EFC
  • YB Baru Bian, representing Sabah-Sarawak Natives
10:20 – 11:50 Discussion and Q&A
11:50 – 12:00 Closing Remarks

Introduction to the Forum:

Of late, the UMNO Government and their spokespersons, Tun Dr Mahathir especially, have repeatedly tried to sneak into public dialogue the issue of an Islamic State, but by framing it only as an opposition-related unity problem and issue. By sneaking this issue vide the backdoor they are operating in true blue UMNO culture and style.

The truth is that, it is UMNO that has over the years slowly but surely abused democratic due process, and allowed the ‘conservative interpretation of Islamic values’ to creep into the administrative governance of this nation. In fact, it was during the term of YB Anwar Ibrahim that this agenda became an UMNO Agenda, which was never publicly declared to the BN partners but was instead deceptively brought into national focus.

This, back-door Islamization, was also the obvious reason Lina Joy lost her appeal in the Federal Court, especially through the particular form and interpretation of ‘administrative law’ ignoring other provisions of the Federal Constitution. The other obvious case and issue is why the ‘Allah issue’ is still an unresolved matter with the Federal Government of Malaysia? Even Pakatan Leadership is on record to say that Allah is a pre-Arabic and Islamic name of GOD before the time of the Arabs and Muslims.

Therefore, it is time for OHMSI and citizens of Malaysia must begin to reframe the above dialogue to offer a comprehensive but new and wholesome dialogue. All this relates to how we, as Malaysians, respect and honour and interpret our Federal Constitution and all rights guaranteed by Federal Constitution and the UN Human Rights Commission.