Apostasy is not a constitutional right, a Muslim lawyer claimed today as he argued that freedom of religion does not include the liberty to leave a faith.
"Freedom." You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Writing in his column on Malay-language daily Sinar Harian, Muslims Lawyers Association president Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar said that Article 11 of the Federal Constitution merely accorded Malaysians the right to practise their own faith, but not to switch religions.“Saying that apostasy is a right for Muslims is straying from the real purpose of the religion,” Zainul said.
This brave Muslim lawyer should be thanked for bringing clarity to this issue.
Article 11 of the Federal Constitution provides the freedom for every individual to profess and practice his or her own religion, subject to restrictions on non-Muslims from propagating their faith to Muslims.