The recent amendments to the Islamic Family Law bill and the M Moorthy case have highlighted the rule of an intransigent minority (consisting mainly of narrow-minded bureaucrats, politicians, religious and court officials) over a majority of fair-minded Malaysians.
In the case of the suspended Islamic Family Law bill, we can safely exclude the support of all women in Malaysia both Muslim and non-Muslim (making up over 50 percent of the population) plus all non-Muslim men (about 20 percent) and some fair-minded Muslim men (number unknown).
In the M Moorthy case, it has clearly rattled the non-Muslims (40-45 percent) plus a decent number of moderate Muslims who have also made their views known (easily exceeding another 20 percent of the population).
Interestingly, these two issues cut across the usual ethnic and religious lines of the majority of decent-minded Malaysians (Muslims and non-Muslims alike) who believe in a pluralistic society where we can live and let live without fear of our rights being trampled upon.
Isn't it about time the majority view assert its authority over the minority?