Posted by: malaysianchristian | June 21, 2007

You are the Light: For Revathi

Candle Light Vigil for Revathi

Many came to the Candlelight Vigil In Support of Revathi’s Freedom of Faith.

Better have less words for this post at least, and let the light shine … and do all the talking.

Words for the Vigil


  1. […] The Vigil was peacefully conducted as planned.  Farish A. Noor chips in his views here in  A Vigil for Malaysia: “Needless to say, Malaysians of all creeds and races have begun to ask: What is the government of Abdullah Badawi doing to curb these tendencies, and where is Malaysia heading? Fed up with what they see as the singular failure of the current Badawi administration to defend the secular constitution of the country, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCBCHST) have issued a protest letter entitled Unity Threatened by Continuing Infringements of Religious Freedom.   The protest letter contains a memorandum originally submitted to the Malaysian government in 2005, asking the government to take steps to ensure that religious freedom would be respected and protected in Malaysia. But now with the failure of Lina Joy at the courts and with the detention of Revathi by the state’s religious authorities, non-Muslims in Malaysia feel that they can no longer protest in silence. In a significant gesture pregnant with symbolic meaning, the MCBCHST organised a candlelight vigil at the Merdeka (Independence) square in downtown Kuala Lumpur, where Malaysian independence was first proclaimed half a century ago this year. The vigil was meant in support of Revathi, the Malaysian citizen who now faces an unknown fate detained in one of the country’s ‘Islamic rehabilitation centres’ and separated from her husband and child. No doubt, the country’s non-Muslims are worried about where the trend of religious-based politics is taking Malaysia, and there as many Muslims who likewise have questioned the wisdom behind the government’s overtly political attempts to turn Islam into part of the state’s ruling ideology. In the end, however, cases like Revathi’s and Lina Joy’s revolve around the fundamental freedom to believe in what one believes, and to be recognised as such. The Muslim majority in Malaysia are not Muslims because their identity cards and passports tell them they are, but because they simply are, and exist, as Muslims.   The time has come for the laws of the land to recognise that being Muslim, Christian, Hindu or Buddhist in Malaysia has little to do with paperwork and legal technicalities, but in the more fundamental nature of existential being itself. Until then however, those trapped in the legal chasm where Revathi and Lina Joy are in at the present are the unfortunate victims of a legal system at odds with itself and which oddly defend freedom of belief for some and yet not for others…” […]

  2. Its good to see that Malaysians do not take their freedom of religion lightly. Unfortunately that is what they do here in Australia.

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