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Syariah in Malaysia

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The Gospel According to Barisan Nasional

The Gospel According to Barisan Nasional

The failure of BN to defend the rights of religious minorities to use the word “Allah” is a failure to defend the Constitution

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Moving On #LoyarBerkasih

Moving On #LoyarBerkasih

Freedom, Independence and Justice – is our conception of these ideals skewed? Aston Paiva discusses.

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The Iking Case (Second Segment)

The Iking Case (Second Segment)

An enticing guide to Section 498 of the Penal Code – the relevant sections of law, ancillary issues surrounding it, and how did such a law come to be.

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The Iking Case (First Segment)

The Iking Case (First Segment)

An enticing guide to Section 498 of the Penal Code – the relevant sections of law, ancillary issues surrounding it, and how did such a law come to be.

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Egg and Sperm

Egg and Sperm

A love letter from one LoyarBurokker to another LoyarBurokker. This time Aston Paiva writes a surat cinta to Lingswaran Singh, who wrote “Republic of God” that was inspired by Aston’s “Twilight of the Gods.” XOXO

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Twilight of the Gods

Twilight of the Gods

God/Yahweh/Allah does not want you to read this.

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Dealing with the Ridhuan Tees and the Ibrahim Alis

Dealing with the Ridhuan Tees and the Ibrahim Alis

Is it justifiable if the Government were to use the ISA or Sedition Act on the likes of Ridhuan Tee and Ibrahim Ali? Should we laud such an action?

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Human Rights my Ass!

Human Rights my Ass!

Drinking alcohol is ultimately an art in itself – to be able to handle your drink; to consume to be merry and yet to at all times preserve your self respect and dignity – that must never be lost and you must never encourage anyone to lose it either. Ever. That is unfortunately not what I saw last tnight.

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Some Stuff for Malaysians

Some Stuff for Malaysians

Excerpts of the portions LoyarBurokker Aston Paiva had omitted due to to time constrains from speech at EMPOWER’s Youth Dialogue on Religion and Politics. True to form – he calls it as he sees it, you don’t want to miss it.

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Surat Cinta Kepada Ragunath Kesavan

Surat Cinta Kepada Ragunath Kesavan

A letter was sent on 23 June 2010 to the Bar Council President, Ragunath Kesavan informing him about errors in his Press Statement on the “Non Muslim Syariah Lawyer” issue. It has been over 3 weeks since and it seems to be case of unrequited love. Read the letter and press statement here.

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Peguam Rakyat Protest: The Fallout Series – “You got me wrong”

Last week lawyers protested in Bukit Aman against police abuse of power. Since then comments from within the legal fraternity on Rostrum e-group surfaced at a frenzied pace. This is the final instalment of this series. We will take the strength of each argument and take activism to a higher level.

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Caution: Easily Disturbed!

Caution: Easily Disturbed!

Over the course of my life, most of which were spent in Malaysia, I’ve gotten a number of different responses by people whenever I speak of a taboo subject, use coarse language or simply question their beliefs. Let me outline some of the more moronic ones:- I’m Offended by what you just said! Really? Who [...]

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Caution: Easily Shocked!

Caution: Easily Shocked!

Pluralism, Tolerance and Broadmindedness I have always revered freedom of expression as a principle. I believe, reverence to it is mandatory for all civilized men and women; anything short of that amounts to ignorance, backwardness and is a sign of an unrefined man. The world needs a multitude of views. I need a multitude of [...]

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Caution: Easily Offended!

Caution: Easily Offended!

This article is spread over three parts which will be published over the course of three days for ease of consideration. Comments will only be allowed on the third part. Readers are encouraged to keep an open mind on the articles until its conclusion. . . . . . . . . . . . [...]

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Criminalizing Liberty (Fourth Segment)

Criminalizing Liberty (Fourth Segment)

In the previous segment, we considered the the constitutional validity of Section 54. I shall now conclude with a consideration of Malaysia’s representations to the world, its international human rights obligations and the legitimate expectation of the people of Malaysia as well as other ancillary matters.

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Criminalizing Liberty (Third Segment)

Criminalizing Liberty (Third Segment)

An examination of the constitutional validity of Section 54 of Enakmen Kesalahan Syariah (Negeri Melaka) 1991.

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Criminalizing Liberty (Second Segment)

Criminalizing Liberty (Second Segment)

Criminalizing Liberty: Segment II of this article highlights the legislative powers between the Federal Legislature and the State Legislatures as well as the legal source of the relevant issues and certain policy considerations.

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Criminalizing Liberty (First Segment)

Criminalizing Liberty (First Segment)

Criminalizing Liberty: The first segment (I) shall deal with the distribution of legislative powers between the Federal Legislature and the State Legislatures in Malaysia. The second (II) will consider the legal source of the issue at hand while briefly touching on certain policy considerations. The third (III) will look into the constitutional aspects of the issue at hand. The fourth (IV) will assess Malaysia’s representations to the world, its international human rights obligations and the legitimate expectation of the people of Malaysia as well as other ancillary matters.

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The problem with some Islamic scholars: Reply to Dr Wan Azhar on “Human Rightism” & Religion

I write this in response to the article entitled “Human Rightism” vs Religion by one Dr Wan Azhar Wan Ahmad, appearing on September 22, 2009 in The Star. I have for awhile now seen the articles of the learned Doctor appear in The Star and I must, at the very outset, state that I have [...]

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