JOINT STATEMENT BY MALAYSIAN CIVIL SOCIETY ON PAS RESOLUTION TO BAN SISTERS IN ISLAM

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JOINT STATEMENT BY MALAYSIAN CIVIL SOCIETY ON PAS RESOLUTION TO BAN SISTERS IN ISLAM

We the undersigned are deeply disturbed by the call on the part of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) to have Sisters in Islam (SIS) banned and its members rehabilitated should its activities be determined to be contrary to the Islamic shariah. It is apparent to us that in making the call in the manner that it has, PAS has already formed the view that SIS should be banned and its activities brought to an end.

While we respect the freedom of members of PAS to associate in a manner that they consider appropriate or warranted as well as their freedom to express a view in association on such matters as they see fit, the members of SIS, or any other organization for that matter, are equally guaranteed those freedoms. No one person or organization has a monopoly over the right to express views on matter of public importance. The call to silence SIS and send its members for rehabilitation is an act of violence against those freedoms and their constitutional underpinnings. It also lends itself to further closure of the already narrow space of public discourse and debate that a slew of anti-expression laws have allowed Malaysians.

For Malaysia to mature into the democracy that Malaysians aspire to, it is vital that diversity, even of views, be protected and nurtured. Respect for the freedoms guaranteed to all Malaysians by the Federal Constitution, be they members of PAS or any other organization or simply individuals, is crucial to this endeavor.

The demand for action against SIS culminating in a ban is not easily reconciled with PAS public rhetoric in favour of a more democratic and inclusive Malaysia. On the contrary, the demand is wholly anti-democratic. We reiterate that though members of PAS are entitled to their views, the call for the banning of SIS is wholly unacceptable. As a matter of principle, the question of banning any organization purely for their views should not arise at all. Differences of views must be respected and, if at all, be resolved through constructive engagement.

In view of this, we urge PAS to reconsider its position and take such steps as are necessary to retract the call for action against SIS.

Signed by:

Organisations

1. Aliran
2. Amnesty International Malaysia
3. Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)
4. AWAM
5. Bar Council Human Rights Committee
6. Bus Users Group, Penang
7. Cakap Rakyat Group
8. Centre for Independent Journalism
9. CIJ
10. Civil Society Committee Of LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLGCSC)
11. Civil Society Initiative For Parliamentary Reform (CSI@Parliament)
12. CPI
13. DAPSY
14. Five Arts Centre
15. Friends-In-Conversation
16. Group Of Concerned Citizens And Monitoring Sustainability Of Globalisation
17. HRC
18. Instant Cafe Theatre
19. KOMAS
20. National Institute for Electoral Integrity
21. NCWO
22. OHMSI
23. PBT (Persatuan Bahasa Thionghua) USM
24. Penangwatch
25. Perak Women For Women Society (PWW)
26. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower).
27. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)
28. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor
29. Sarawak Women For Women Society
30. Sekretariat Anak Muda Malaysia
31. Sisters In Islam (SIS)
32. SOS (Save Ourselves), Penang
33. SUARA RAKYAT MALAYSIA (SUARAM)
34. The Fahmina-institute Cirebon
35. The KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Section
36. WAO
37. WCC
38. Women's Centre For Change (WCC) Penang
39. Women's Learning Partnership (WLP)
40. Worker Hub For Change (WH4C)
41. Writer Alliance For Media Independence (WAMI)

Individuals

42. Toh Puan Dr. Aishah Ong
43. Al-Mustaqeem Mahmod Radhi, Executive Director,, Middle-Eastern Graduates Centre,
44. Anwar Fazal
45. Dr.Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement for a Just
46. YB.Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament, Klang
47. Edwin Sumun, SUMUNDA
48. Faridah Merican
49. Dr. Farish A Noor, SIS/HAKAM
50. Haris Ibrahim
51. Y.B Jenice Lee Ying Ha Adun Teratai
52. Jo Kukathas
53. Joanna Bessey
54. Joe Hasham
55. YB. Khairy Jamaluddin
56. Khoo Khay Jin
57. Kiyai Hussein, Indonesia
58. Koh Swe Yong, Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM)
59. Leonard Teoh
60. Lina Tan
61. Mano Maniam
62. Margot Badran
63. Marina Mahathir
64. Marzuki Wahid, Indonesia
65. Dato Dr. Michael Yeoh
66. Ng Sek San
67. Nori Abdullah
68. Dr. Nur Rufiah, Jakarta Indonesia
69. Pang Khee Teik, Arts Programme Director, The Annexe Gallery
70. Patricia Martinez.
71. Dato Dr. Peter Mooney
72. Rafidah Abdullah
73. Rahmat Haron
74. Raymond Tai, PT Foundation
75. Rohana Ariffin
76. Saadiah Din
77. Shaila Koshy
78. Sharifah Zuriah
79. Sonia Randhawa, Director, Centre for Independent Journalism
80. Sumit Mandal
81. Susanna George
82. Sushila Kukathas
83. Tisha Zarina Zainal Abidin
84. Dato Dr. Toh Kin Woon, Former State Executive Councillor, Penang and currently, Asian Public Intellectual, Center for Southeast Asian Studies,
University of Kyoto, Japan.
85. Dato V L KIandan
86. Zainah Anwar
87. Abd. Razak Yahya
88. Abigail de Vries
89. Adeline Ooi
90. Aidila Razak
91. Aireen Arbai
92. Alind
93. Aly Alias
94. Amir Muhammad
95. Anas Zubedy
96. Andrew Khoo, Chair, Human Rights Committee, Malaysian Bar Council
97. Andy Yong
98. Angela Hijjas
99. Animah Kosai
100. Ann Lee Seok Li
101. Ann Teoh
102. Anthony Fernandez
103. Anthony row
104. Asma Abdullah
105. Asst Proffessor Dr. Fadzilah Din
106. Athari Nikash Arami Sulaeman Akbar
107. Azareena Abdul Aziz
108. Azrel Kilheeney (Malaysia)
109. Azza Basarudin, Department of Women's Studies, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
110. Azza Soliman
111. Badrul Hisham Bin Shaharin
112. Beng Hui
113. Bernice Chauly.
114. Beth Yahp
115. Beverly Yong Siew Ming
116. BLTan, Middle Path
117. Brigitte Silver
118. Carlyn Joan Lau
119. Carol Lisa
120. Catalina Rembuyan
121. Cecilia Ng
122. CH Loh, Columnist, Off The Edge magazine
123. Charles Silver, McDonald Chair in Civil Procedure, University of Texas School of Law
124. Chew Hoong Ling
125. Chia Loong Thye
126. Chia Yong Tai
127. Chiong Cheng Hoow
128. Chong Su Li
129. Christina Orow
130. Christine Lim
131. Chuah Siew Eng
132. Claudia Derich, Europe
133. Claudia Derichs
134. Colin Nicholas, Center For Orang Asli Concerns
135. Dahlia Martin
136. Damian Pheny
137. Dani Teo
138. Danny Lim
139. Darmina Khaira
140. David Smythe
141. David Soong
142. Deena R. Hurwitz, Associate Professor of Law, Director, International
143. Deepa A/P Pasupathy
144. Dennis Sim
145. Dhiren Norendra
146. Dorian Teoh, Architecture student
147. Doris Chew Wai Peng
148. Dr Carmen Nge
149. Dr. Chandra Muzaffar, President, International Movement for a Just
150. Dr. Joanna Silver, DMD
151. Dr. Khoo Gaik Cheng, Lecturer Gender, Sexuality and Culture Australian
152. Dyal Balasingam
153. Eddin Khoo
154. Eileen Lian
155. Elizabeth Lua Kim Neo
156. En. Ameerali Bin Abas, Director, Boshwin Itsolutions,Malaysia
157. Eri Shadzrin
158. Farah Azizan
159. Fathonah
160. George Lo
161. Goh Soonsiew
162. Gopal , Workers' Organisation Malaysia
163. Grace Yoo
164. Hadil El-Khouly
165. Hanim Hamzah, Resident Partner, Zaid Ibrahim & Co
166. Harjinder Singh
167. Hayati Mokhtar
168. Hazida Bt Hilmi
169. Herni Hilda (Human Rights Law Clinic and Human Rights Program)
170. Ili Farhana Norhayat
171. Ineza Rousille
172. Irene Tan
173. Isham Pawan Ahmad
174. Ivy Josiah
175. Izlyn Amylia Ramli
176. Janathani
177. Jean Lim
178. Jeong Chun-phuoc
179. Jerome Kugan
180. Jimmy Tan
181. John Baptist
182. Julya Oui
183. K. Shanmuga
184. Khairiah Makata (CPPS)
185. Khaw Veon Szu
186. Krishna Shanmugam
187. Lai Suat Yan
188. Lee Chin Ban, High Path
189. Lee Han Meng
190. Lee Huey Ying
191. Lee Shook Fong
192. Lee Wern Ching
193. Leo Conacaud
194. Leow Mei Chern
195. Lim Teik Jin
196. Liow Moi Lee
197. Loh Boon Keat
198. Lum Seng Wa
199. Maimuna Merican
200. Malaysian Heart ( Blogger )
201. Mariya Bt Abdul Wahab
202. Marwa, Cairo
203. Marzuan Bt Mat Zain
204. Maureen Lua Swee Neo
205. Meera Samanther
206. Mei Ling
207. Melody Song Faye-Lynn
208. Michelle S. Gunaselan
209. Mior Aizuddin
210. Mohani Niza
211. Mohd Izwan Ibrahim
212. Mohd. Asri Alias
213. Muhamad Ridduan B. Md Kafa
214. Nafhatun Athirah
215. Nah Keat Seng (National University)
216. Nazreen Nizam
217. Noel Navin Dass (CPPS)
218. Noor Fauziana Bt A. Ameen
219. Noorul Huda
220. Nor Azzah Bt Abdul Aziz
221. Nor Syakira Bt Abdul Kalam
222. Noraini Mohamad
223. Norazura Kassim
224. Noreen Ariff
225. Nur Adeilla Bt Adnan Monsi
226. Nur Azrine
227. Nurul Wahida Bt Hasan
228. Ong Jing Cheng, (Secretary Of Administration), Malaysia Youth And
229. Ong Pay Chee
230. Oon Lay Wah (Organisation of Consumers Unions)
231. PAH NUR
232. Pei Ling
233. Petra Gimbad
234. Pia Kalsom Zainal Azraai
235. Prasad Nayar
236. Professor Dato' Anwar Fazal ( former President,.International
237. Rachel Ng
238. Rahaya Bt Sahar
239. Raina Radzaif
240. Ranjeet Singh
241. Ratna
242. Razlina Razali, Legal Editor Of Lexisnexis, PJ
243. Richelle Spence (Australia)
244. Robert Ho
245. Rosadah Rahmat
246. Rosalind Lua Guan Neo
247. Rose Shashila Bt Shawal
248. Rosheen Fatima binti Abdul Mutalip
249. Ryan Lee Bhaskaran
250. S.Akbar (Indonesia)
251. Sabrina Islam
252. Sam Sukri
253. Sandee Chew
254. See Chee How, Sarawak
255. Shalina Azhar
256. Sharaad Kuttan
257. Sharon Randhawa, Performance manager
258. Shazana
259. Shazana Agha
260. Sheenah Kantharatnam, Australia
261. Shyamala Manoharan
262. Sidra Lima Kaleena Sulaeman Akbar
263. Sona
264. Stephen Nah, Students Democratic Movement(DEMA)
265. Sue Maznah
266. Sufiah
267. Sumay Woo
268. Sundara Vijayarengam
269. Sunitha A/P Rengasamy
270. Supriya Singh
271. Suridah Jalaluddin
272. Susan Gill
273. Susan Loo
274. Syarifatul Adibah
275. Syed A. Jamal Al-Idrus
276. Tan Hui Voon
277. Tang Khai Kit
278. Teck Ghee
279. Terrence Tan
280. Theivanai Amarthalingam, Legal Practitioner, Kuala Lumpur
281. Thency Gunasekaran
282. Tilaga
283. Tini Abdullah
284. Tjiu Hwa Jioe, Indonesia
285. Tricia Yeoh
286. U-En Ng
287. Usha Devi
288. Vadaketh George Chacko A/L V.C.George, Los Angelas
289. Vickneswari Gannason, Junior Legal Editor
290. Viji Nair
291. Vimala Sundram
292. Vizla Kumaresan
293. Voon Keh Jane
294. Wan Norbani Wan Noordin
295. Wong Chin Huat
296. Wong Pei Ping
297. Wong Yuen Mei
World (JUST).
298. Yah Tyng
299. Yang Pei Keng
300. Yap Xiao Xuan
301. Yasmin Masidi
302. Yee I- Lan Maria
303. Yee I Lann (Malaysia)
304. Yushi Hedrina
305. Zaid Ibrahim
306. Zarina Aziz
307. Zoe Randhawa, Politics student
308. Zuhairah Ali