DT : daren & tiff

May 30, 2007

Lina Joy loses appeal to drop “Islam” in IC

Filed under: Christian, DEETEE — delephant @ 3:26 pm

Malaysia’s best known Christian convert, Lina Joy, lost a six-year battle on Wednesday to have the word “Islam” removed from her identity card, after the country’s highest court rejected the change.

The ruling threatens to further polarize Malaysian society between non-Muslims who feel that their constitutional right to religious freedom is being eroded, and Muslims who believe that civil courts have no right to meddle in Islamic affairs.

“You can’t at whim and fancy convert from one religion to another,” Federal Court Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim said in delivering judgment in the case, which has stirred religious tensions in the mainly Muslim nation.

He said the civil court had no jurisdiction in the case and that it should be dealt with by the country’s Islamic courts.

“The issue of apostasy is related to Islamic law, so it’s under the sharia court. The civil court cannot intervene.”

About 200 mostly young Muslims welcomed the ruling outside the domed courthouse with shouts of “Allah-o-Akbar” (God is great), but Christians and non-Muslim politicians were dismayed.

“I think it’s a major blow,” opposition politician Lim Kit Siang said. “It casts a large shadow on civil liberties and the constitutional rights of Malaysians.”

Malaysia’s Council of Churches was saddened.

“We still go by the possibility that the constitution allows any citizen of the country to exercise his or her right to choose a religion and practice it,” council secretary Rev. Hermen Shastri said outside the court.

“I don’t think this decision is going to stop an individual from exercising that right for whatever reason.”

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 Five facts on religion and apostasy in Malaysia

 WHAT IS RELIGION’S OFFICIAL STATUS?

– Article 11 of Malaysia’s Constitution guarantees freedom of worship but provides for bans on non-Muslims recruiting Muslims away from Islam. The constitution also defines all ethnic Malays, more than half of the population of 26 million, as Muslim.

– Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has developed his own brand of moderate Islam called Islam Hadhari or “civilization Islam”. It stresses that Islam should not be a barrier to new ideas, modern education and economic development.

– Abdullah’s predecessor, Mahathir Mohammed, had first described the country as an Islamic state on September 29, 2001, when under pressure from Islamic groups after the September 11 attacks.

* WHAT ARE THE MAIN RELIGIONS?

– Islam, the official state religion, is followed by some 60 percent of the population, according to the 2000 census. The majority follow Sunni Islam and strains deemed “deviant” are opposed by the government.

– Buddhism is the second largest faith (19 percent), followed by Christianity (9 percent), Hinduism (6 percent) and Confucianism, Taoism and other Chinese religions (2 percent).

– Apostasy is generally considered a sin or a crime by Islamic authorities. Muslims who wish to convert from Islam face severe obstacles. Islamic courts have exclusive jurisdiction in cases of apostasy and generally send them for counseling but, if this fails, they can mete out fines or jail sentences.

– In 2000, an Islamic court sentenced four people to 3-year prison terms for apostasy.

– Leaders of the opposition Islamic Party (PAS) have said that the penalty for apostasy should be death.

* WHY HAS LINA JOY FOUGHT THE CASE?

– The sales assistant was born into a Muslim family but was baptized into Catholicism in 1998. She asked for the word “Islam” to be removed from her identity card, saying she wanted to enter into a non-Muslim marriage and could not set up a home and family without the change. In practice in Malaysia, Muslims can only marry other Muslims.

– A High Court judge first ruled against the 43-year-old in 2001, and reaffirmed a 1999 ruling that only Islamic courts can rule on conversions.

* ARE THERE OTHER RELIGIOUS RESTRICTONS?

– Proselytizing to Muslims, while not illegal under federal law, is outlawed in most Malaysian states. Punishments for those caught trying to convert them include jail time and whippings. 

 – A 2002 ban on the Bible being published in the Malay and Iban languages was later repealed by Abdullah, who said it was over-zealous. But in April 2005 he said copies of Malay-language Bibles must have “Not for Muslims” printed on the front, and could only be distributed in churches and Christian bookshops.

* Malaysia’s tough film censorship laws vet sensitive religious material, nudity and sex. In 2004 Abdullah intervened to allow tickets for actor-director Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” to be sold to Christians, while Muslims were barred from seeing it.

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From our local STAR news

Lina Joy lost her final round of appeal when the Federal Court dismissed on Wednesday her appeal against a ruling that the National Registration Department was right not to allow her to remove the word “Islam” from her identity card. 

Chief Justice Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim and Federal Court judge Justice Alauddin Mohd Sheriff delivered the majority decision dismissing her appeal. 

Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Justice Richard Malanjum dissented. 

On Sept 19, 2005, the Court of Appeal decided that the NRD director-general was right in refusing her application to drop her religious status from her IC on the grounds that the Syariah Court and other Islamic religious authorities did not confirm Linas renunciation of Islam.  

Related Stories:
Crucial decision in Lina Joy case
Commission to study religious- sensitive cases
Court has yet to decide on Lina Joy’s appeal
Counsel: Islam can’t be renounced at will
The Lina Joy case: Right not infringed on
NRD has right to require apostasy order, says counsel

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May 29, 2007

Planet Shakers & Hillsong in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Filed under: Christian, DEETEE, Events, Worship — delephant @ 5:32 pm

We’ve heard that a team from Planet Shakers and a team from Hillsong Australia will be coming to Kuala Lumpur.

And that this event will be held at City Church Kuala Lumpur.

**Unfortunately I dont have any details whom from Hillsong and whom from Planet Shakers are coming. So if any of u get any new updates please leave it in the Comments Field! 🙂 The Video below only shows the dates but no additional info. 

Basic Details 

Hillsongs – 10th June 2007 @ 4.45pm

Venue – Sunway University College – Auditorium7

Planet Shakers – 17th June 2007 @ 4.45pm

Venue –  Sunway University College – Multi Purpose Hall

City Church KL’s Website : http://www.cckl.com.my

Two of the biggest Christian movements in Australia – HILLSONG and PLANETSHAKERS in back to back weekends… all in one place – City Church Kuala Lumpur.


May 23, 2007

AG Voice goes On Line!!

Filed under: Christian, DEETEE, Video — delephant @ 8:12 pm

 AG Voice is the online newsletter for Assemblies of God Malaysia.

 You can now read through their newsletter and articles at their website.

There’s also a “Find an AG Church near You” page – Click here 

AG Voice – http://www.agvoicemy.com/

Watch the Launch of AG Voice by Rev Dr Vincent Leoh, or click here 

May 19, 2007

Glad Tidings Youth Alive Concert “Resonance” – 25 May 2007

Filed under: Christian, DEETEE, Events, GladTidings — delephant @ 4:49 pm

Glad Tidings Youth Alive Concert - Resonate

What resonates from your life? Does your daily living resonate “Christ-likeness” ?

Let’s come together on 25th May, Friday @ 8:30pm.

Make a new commitment to God & allow Jesus to RESONATE through our lives!

Come & be challenged to live out loud for Jesus 

Cos you can make a difference…

       What?          RESONANCE – Glad Tidings Youth Alive Concert

       When?         25th May, Friday @ 8:30pm

          Where?        Glad Tidings Petaling Jaya, Maranatha Hall

             Who?           Ps. Dave & Western Australia Youth Alive Band

Make a date, bring your friends and get ready to resonate for Jesus!

See you there

Glad Tidings Youth Alive Concert - Resonate 

May 15, 2007

Interludes with Liang & Juwita – Live in Singapore

Filed under: DEETEE, Frens — delephant @ 1:56 pm

Coolness… Liang & Juwita will be down in Singapore from 18 to 20 May doing a Live Performance at Singapore’s Esplanade Outdoor Theatre.

Really glad that this opportunity has risen for them, and that they are crossing over the Johor Straits to perform for our neighbour, Singapore.

Here’s the Flyer with the details …. if you’re in Singapore this weekend, go check them out!

Interludes with Liang & Juwita - Singapore 

P/s …. And on the local front Liang’s new single “Nice Girls” is currently featured on Hitz FM’s MET10. Don’t forget to vote for Nice Girls at Hitz Fm’s website – www.hitz.fm/05/charts/mytop10

May 8, 2007

Christien New is in a New Movie – Jarum Halus

Filed under: DEETEE, Frens, Movie — delephant @ 8:59 am

About Me.... First of all … Christien is ON LINE! 🙂

He’s got a new blog http://christiennew.blogspot.com

 I am glad that he’s working on his new Movie – Jarum Halus

 They are still at the shooting stage, and you can keep abreast with what’s happening from reading his blog. 🙂 Pretty interesting, as there are quite a few shots taken behind the scenes.

JARUM HALUS is a movie based on the famous play “OTHELLO” but Jarum Halus is in a modern 2007 enviroment. Jarum Halus is scheduled for screens at all GSC cinema around 6 September 2007. The other cool thing is that it will also be competiting in the Cannes Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival too.

Congrats Christien .. wishing you all the best in Jarum Halus!! When you get an Award … spend me dinner!:)

May 4, 2007

Money Matter$ at Glad Tidings Young Adults Service

Filed under: Christian, DEETEE, Events, GladTidings — delephant @ 5:57 pm

Just as when Price$ are all going up around Malaysia, we need to be Prudent & Wise in all our spending, investing and buying of things, be it for necessity or for glamour! 🙂

I believe this week’s message on Money Matter$ is absolutely timely!! Come join us as Ps Julie brings up this exciting subject of MONEY MONEY MONEY! 🙂  

Luke 16:13

“No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money”

What is Jesus implying here?

What is the implication today?

Why did Jesus say that? 

Does it mean we cannot stash our cash away in investments and banks?  Is it ok to have loans & continue serving our loans? Can one be Debt free?

Find out all these and much more! Join us for ….

MONEY MATTERS

Saturday, 5 May 2007

Young Adults Service

5pm at GTPJ

Speaker: Rev Julie Khoo

Bring a friend along too!

www.gtyac.com

May 3, 2007

Pray for Kevin – Stuck in Office Texas due to Big Storm

Filed under: DEETEE, Family, Pray — delephant @ 8:16 am

Hey guys … Pray along for my bro, Kevin.

Just got news from his wife that Kevin is stuck at work in Texas cos of a huge storm. The storm is causing Flash Flood, so its not safe for him to leave work! Will update once he’s safely back home.

Please pray along!!!

 [Read the news article below on the Storm – news published 40 mins ago]

 

Texas storms claimed a second life this week when a woman was found dead Wednesday in a car submerged in southwest Bexar County. Bexar County officials were rescuing people from another car underwater at the same crossing when they noticed a second vehicle. When a firefighter broke out the rear window of the vehicle, they discovered the body of a woman in her 40s. She was not immediately identified.

On Tuesday, an angler was killed when he was struck by lightning in the Central Texas town of Cameron.

Ronald Jake Ingram, 23, of Cameron, was fishing in a stock tank with two others when a severe storm blew in and the fishermen decided to leave. Ingram was struck by lightning as he reeled in his fishing line and worked to untangle it from another man’s line.

Meanwhile, torrential rain fell in parts of West Texas on Wednesday, flooding at least two homes and briefly knocking out Odessa’s emergency phone system, officials said.

It was another day of warnings and watches for the National Weather Service, which monitored storms that fired up frequently across the state.

In Odessa, school administrators took precautions when a storm struck Wednesday morning. At LBJ Elementary, students were moved to the school’s hallways from portables and classrooms. First-graders sat in rows holding open books above their heads.

About 11 inches of water filled the basement of the Ector County Library during the storm but there was no major damage.

“Water came down Sam Houston so fast it went over the sidewalk and just poured down the air intake. It was a mass of water,” Jeaux White, head of technical services at the Ector County Library, said in a story for Thursday’s Odessa American. “It’s a recurring problem.”

Rocks and leaves washed onto roadways, vehicles stalled and trash bins floated away. No major injuries or deaths were reported.

Numerous streets and all underpasses were closed in Odessa because of the heavy rainfall, said Dale Childers, Odessa’s assistant fire chief. Some streets were covered with as much as 4 feet of water, he said.

“We had a tremendous amount of rain in a short period of time,” he said, adding that two homes flooded and more could be reported. “It’s not raining anymore, but we’re anticipating a redevelopment this afternoon. That’s what I’m afraid of.”

The county’s emergency management office issued a flash flood warning late Wednesday morning urging Odessa residents to stay inside and not drive.

Pat Vesper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Midland, said radar estimates indicated parts of Ector County, which includes Odessa, received as many as 5 inches. Radar indicated as much as 7 inches of rain in counties to the west, he said.

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