28 Mar '11, 9am

Freedom of Religion in Malaysia: How the Federal Constitution protects conversion out of Islam:

Freedom of Religion in Malaysia: How the Federal Constitution protects conversion out of Islam:

I found that through the unique wording of Article 11, it was intended that extra emphasis be put in the protection of religious freedom. Unlike Article 9 and 10 where protections are to be given to "citizens", Article 11 employs the words "every person" to describe the class of protected people. The inclusion of this phrase shows the distinct classification of religious rights for legal recognition. This would necessarily mean that the Constitution drafters have recognised the higher importance and significance of having the right to conscience in each of our lives, regardless of sex, race and citizenship (with regard to a minor’s right to choose his religion, however, it was held in the Supreme Court case of Susie Teoh that the parent/ guardian will be entitled to choose). Accordingly, the power to control religious freedom should not be arbitrarily exercised.

Full article: http://www.loyarburok.com/human-rights/pray-for-me/articl...

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