Lina's Response

This is a serious degradation of our rights. Kudos to CJ Sabah/Sarawak Richard Melanjum for spotting the many mistakes of the defence case. There is no point if majority decision is again used as both other Judges would not want to stir up problems and drive down their popularity vote. Since the assault on Judiacy in 1988, the Malaysian legal careers are more interwined with politics. How sad.

Nation Thursday May 31, 2007
Lina unhappy with decision
KUALA LUMPUR: Lina Joy is extremely unhappy with the Federal Court judgment.
“I am disappointed that the Federal Court is not able to vindicate a simple but important fundamental right that exists in all persons; namely, the right to believe in the religion of one's choice and equally important, the right to marry a person of one's choice and to raise a family in the Malaysia context.
“The Federal Court has not only denied me that right but to all Malaysians who value fundamental freedoms,” she told The Star, through her solicitor Benjamin Dawson.
“I am hoping that my case would have made a difference to the development of constitutional issues in the plight of many others.”
Asked whether she would leave Malaysia for good, Lina, who is believed to be overseas at present, said: “It would extremely difficult to exercise freedom of conscience in the present environment.”
Lina, 42, was born Azlina Jailani to Malay parents. She was brought up as a Muslim but at the age of 36 became a Christian.
In 1999, she managed to change the name in her identity card to Lina Joy but the National Registration Department retained her religion in the card as Islam.
On April 23, 2001, the High Court refused to decide on her application to renounce Islam as her religion on grounds that the issue should be decided by the Syariah Court. It also dismissed her application for an order to direct the department to drop the word “Islam” from her identity card.
On Sept 19, 2005, the Court of Appeal, in a majority decision, also rejected her appeal.


Hing said...

Lina Joy was right... people who drafted Islamic Law got a long way to learn their weaknesses.

She's been with Christianity for sometime and she's still insisted up to date as she is one so no point forcing her back with Islam.

Islam says Islam will not force anyone to embrace it but what is this now if it's not forcing?

Islamic Law is full of contradiction.

Lina Joy is not changing a religion to another as she wishes, how many times did she change her religion?

Even if she wants to that's her individual right. Who the hell Syariah Court is to tell what one has to believe in?

This shows not Islam religion is steadfast, but its weaknesses.

amoker said...

You have read the court rulling in this issue ya. Yes, the argument that there must be rules to prevent wishy washy decisions are loopy by my tot.

"There is no compulsion in Islam"

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