The Federal Court has made it’s decision, 2-1, not in favour of Lina Joy to allow her to remove the word “Islam” from her identity card.
This is a sensitive case but let me ask a pertinent question:
Although required by law, why is it necessary for the NRD to specify a muslim’s faith on his/her identity card? What were the circumstances leading to this requirement?
By virtue of this law alone, the Federal Court’s decision, in my opinion, is unduly compromised by overlapping extra-legal jurisdictions, hence, natural justice could not be dispensed.
Please focus on this point alone and leave out other issues of religion, the Constitution, apostasy, etc from our further deliberation.