In our cover story, Francis Loh looks at the controversy surrounding the competing civil-sharia jurisdictions in the light of the Lina Joy decision and other recent similar cases as well as the forthcoming 50th Merdeka celebrations. He argues that it is time to push for debate within our own religions and promote a wider notion of unity.
Mustafa Kamal Anuar then takes a step back and reminds us of the importance of embracing humanity and building justice.
He points out that human misdeeds have poured scorn on the Grand Design that has created diverse ethnicities, communities, cultures and nations.
The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality then presents a Q & A on what happens when a spouse converts to Islam. K Haridas, for his part, urges us to stop demonising the “Other”.
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It is also a time to press for reforms and changes, but K George warns us that the rot has set in deep and the struggle for freedom and justice will not be easy.
In a light-hearted piece, Mustafa also looks at the “leaks” in Malaysian public life and laments the fact that our taxes are being spent on the upkeep of parliamentarians who at times double up as court jesters.
Angeline Loh wonders whether a ruling party that increasingly marginalises the vulnerable and the disabled in our society deserves our vote. David Anthony, meanwhile, explains why Malaysia should ratify the International Criminal Court.
Finally, in our back cover story, Wong Chin Huat analyses the results of the Ijok by-election and suggests that former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim could spark a significant change in voting patterns.
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