QUOTE(Spear2 @ Oct 10 2018, 02:51 PM)
I guess you are right that the constitution fails to draw clear boundaries between overlapping jurisdiction of the two legal systems, that conservatives would care less what secular notion placed in the constitution, for them Quran is supreme is all that matters. So we are left to our own device to tilt the boat whenever we can, what are the sharia laws meant in the constitution which are merely religious tradition, that the legal experts have to constantly remind and oppose, and until the majority of Malaysians favor a secular nation over a religious one. Changes that must come from multiple directions, or regression into a conservative Islamic nation is just too painful for most of us.
Its fair to say that since the constitution is incapable of stating it clearly, it then falls upon the people and their elected representatives via parliament to decide what kind of country we want to live in. The constitution is subject to amendment with a 2/3 majority anyway and with the changing demographics of Malaysia it will eventually be up to the Malays to decide whether its a secular or liberal country or whether we will continue with the hybrid system that we have. I think the hybrid system is likely to persist for the foreseeable future as it allows the liberals to claim that we do practice islamic law enough to satisfy the conservatives without having to actually turn the country into a real Islamic state. This compromise that may well be the best we can get if we wish to avoid living in a taliban state.
A truly secular and liberal Malaysia will only happen when the majority of malays decide that separation of church (or mosque) and state is not only desirable but necessary to enjoy a truly free, open and progressive life. There is a real struggle going on for the hearts and minds of the malays between the secular and conservative crowds and the outcome of this contest will determine the future of this country. The rest of us are like passengers on the bus powerless to determine whether the drunken or sober driver takes the wheel.