ISA makes Muslims less Muslim?Posted: September 28, 2008
What I know of the ISA, is that it is draconian, and strips individuals of their basic rights. You don’t get a fair and public trial. You don’t get to be ‘innocent until proven guilty’. You don’t get to defend yourself. You’re basically detained indefinitely, without trial.
But never did I realise that the ISA also strips you of your right to practice your religion as you believe it should be practiced.
I read Merah Hitam, just minutes ago. Merah Hitam is a blog initiated by the wife of ISA detainee (of 7 years) Mat Sah.
Bagi tahanan ISA tersebut,tujuh tahun mereka dinafikan hak untuk mendapat perbicaraan di mahkamah diikuti penafian pelbagai hak asasi yang lain.Media tidak pernah menyatakan bahawa tahanan ISA ini hampir tujuh tahun tidak dibenarkan pergi ke Masjid untuk menunaikan Solat Jumaat.
(For the ISA detainees, seven years they have been denied the right to get a public trial in court, followed by denying them other basic rights. The media, however, has never mentioned that these ISA detainees have not been allowed to carry out their Friday prayers in mosques for 7 years.)
I don’t practice Islam. But I’ve been in Malaysia long enough (my whole life in fact) to know that sembahyang Jumaat is something important for the Malays and Muslims.
I’m no Christian either, but I believe that the mosque to Muslims, is like the Church is to Christians. That’s where they go to be with God, to be with the Almighty. That’s where they pray.
One/two weeks without going to the mosque might be okay (or at least I think so. If I’m wrong, please correct me). But surely depriving a Muslim from going to the mosque for SEVEN YEARS is not right!
And so many of these ISA detainees are in there because they are allegedly Jemaah Islamiyah members. Imagine the pain of a devout Muslim, not being able to fulfill his duty.
How can anyone (Hint: SHA) say that the Kamunting Detention Camp is a correctional facility? How can anyone (Hint: SHA again) say that the Internal Security Act is to enable the detainees to rejoin society?