The Bar Council is holding a half-day public forum to address the legal issues and the impact of recent highly-publicised cases of conversions to Islam. The forum, to be held from 8.30am to 1pm at the Bar Council Secretariat in Kuala Lumpur, is titled “Conversion to Islam: Art 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution, Subashini & Shamala Revisited”. It is part of efforts by the council’s Family Law Committee to draw attention to the various elements of family law involving Islam that require reform.
Episode 2 - 9th August 2008
A large group of people demonstrating against the Bar Council's forum on conversion to Islam forced the forum to end early after police told organisers to wrap it up over safety concerns. The group of about 300 people from various non-governmental organisations, including two Opposition MPs, gathered at about 8.20am outside the Bar Council building on Jalan Lebuh Pasar Besar here to protest the forum which they said would undermine Islam. The group threatened many times to storm into the building if the forum was not stopped.
Episode 3 - 11th August 2008
“They can give opinions but they should do it intelligently, not by being rude like what they had done,” - Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
"Any discussions on the matter should involve those with the knowledge and authority because Islam stands on its own strength," Dato' Seri Abdul Hadi Awang
Bar Council need to call it off as it touched on "a very sensitive issue" among the Malays and Muslims. Thay should be aware that Article 121(1a) of the Constitution, which pertained to religion and the Malay race, should not be discussed openly as doing so could provoke the Malays.
The Bar Council is a very important institution. It commands one of the highest respect of all the institutions. Don’t let the people have a wrong perception of it or let its dignity erode by those inside or outside of it. Bar Council should not play with the fire. The forum just make everything become worst. Why they have to do this? Why they need to play with the religion thingy?
Before this Bar Council already have forum about 'Hak-hak orang Melayu' and demonstration on the 9th Disember 2007. And two of the lawyers (Sivarasa Rasiah - Vice President of PKR and Latheefa Koya - Ahli Majlis Tertinggi PKR) from Bar Council join the demonstration. It's just a forum or strategy to abolish Power of Islam and Malay's in Malaysia by PKR?Word of the day is 'ponder'.