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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Parliamentary Roundtable - reaffirm Malaysia is a secular state with Islam as the official religion and not an Islamic State

Parliamentary Roundtable - reaffirm Malaysia is a secular state with Islam as the official religion and not an Islamic State.

A Parliamentary Roundtable to reaffirm the Merdeka social contract and Malaysia Agreement that Malaysia is a secular state with Islam as the official religion and not an Islamic State will be held in Parliament on Friday, August 10, 2007 at 10 am.

All political parties, professional and civic organizations, NGOs and NGIs are invited to the parliamentary roundtable to give special meaning and significance to the 50th Merdeka anniversary celebrations.

For over four decades in the history of nation, there had been no doubt or question whatsoever, whether in Parliament, Cabinet, government or outside about the secular basis of Malaysia as spelt out by the Merdeka social contract reached by the forefathers of the major communities on the attainment of independence in 1957 and the Malaysia Agreement which brought Sabah and Sarawak into the federation in 1963.

That fundamental nation-building cornerstone of Malaysia conceived as a secular state with Islam as the official religion, is not only to be found in the constitutional documents and the highest judicial pronouncements of the land, it also represented the life-work and commitment of the first three Prime Ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein.

However, in the past few years, the secular basis of Malaysian nation-building has come under repeated challenge.

On the occasion of the 50th Merdeka anniversary, the time has come for all Malaysians to reclaim their national legacy and heritage by reaffirming the Merdeka social contract and Malaysia Agreement that Malaysia is a secular state with Islam as the official religion and not an Islamic State.

Or have the fundamental basis of Malaysian nation-building suffered such a serious erosion that we cannot find sufficient Malaysians, whether NGOs or NGIs, to reaffirm the Merdeka social contract and Malaysia Agreement that Malaysia is a secular state with Islam as the official religion and not an Islamic State.

Organisations, NGOs and NGIs, interested in attending the Parliamentary Roundtable, please contact and register with Lau Weng San, 016-3231563.

This was taken from Y. B. Lim Kit Siang's blog to help spread the message. I have contacted Lau Weng San, 016-3231563 and he has given the go ahead to put the message here and also I don't need clearance from Y. B. Lim Kit Siang. Although the message was directed to NGO's etc. he said an individual with a Malaysian Identity Card can attend. You may need to register with Lau Weng San, 016-3231563.

I have contacted Mr. Lau Weng San and he says it is OK for me to put the above in this blog. I have also registered to attend. He has asked me if I want to speak, and I will need to think about it. I may have to consult somebody and also do some research before I answer him. I need to confirm that Sabah and Sarawak were given assurance that Malaysia will not become an Islamic state when they were persuaded to join Malaysia. If anyone can point me in the right direction by commenting, I will be mighty grateful.

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