IS MALAYSIA A SECULAR STATE?
Jamek Mosque, in Kuala Lumpur. PublicDomainPictures in Wikimedia Commons
By Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil
The New Straits Times-Dec 28
The question whether Malaysia is an Islamic or secular state has come in for continuous debate in Malaysia. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad argues that in an Islamic state like Malaysia, justice applies to all, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. For some, this position remains simply because Islam is the only religion stated in the Federal Constitution. Unlike Turkey and India where the word “secular” is clearly provided in their respective constitutions, such a provision is not found in the Federal Constitution.
First published in: The New Straits Times