Terrorism can only be defeated by leading a normal life

Terrorism can only be defeated by leading a normal life and maintaining the commitment to rule of law, the basis of the Constitution.

Terrorists don’t subscribe to rule of law, democracy, human rights, free speech, freedom of conscience, multiparty elections, and the universality and commonality of citizenship.

Terrorists are rapists. They rape children and women who don’t cover up. They even rape their own children.

Terrorists want to disrupt normal life, the economy, the flow of investments, and tourism, and rob the future from their victims, their families and the nation.

Terrorism, unlike wars, natural disasters and accidents, can’t kill too many people.

Sacrifices are essential. Let’s not call them collateral damage.

Don’t give in to blackmail by terrorists. Hunt them down and kill them. Don’t take prisoners even if they surrender.

Pray for those who were killed and injured. Help the living cope with the terrorism and carry on with their lives.

At the same time, gov’ts should take pre-emptive action. Round up and deport terror suspects including apologists, detain them for interrogation and/or institutionalise them for life to keep the public from harm.

Deport and/or blacklist those who don’t condemn terrorism.

Freeze, seize and forfeit their assets.

What’s important are paper qualifications, skills, commitment to lifelong learning, spending less than income for a rainy day and investments and capital including NCR land.

Also, exercise the right to free speech and speak up and speak out; and stand up in court on rights. The Constitution guarantees freedom of conscience. No court can tell us to believe in or not believe in this or that religion or believe or not believe in God.

No point entertaining racists, those who are prejudiced and lacking in goodwill.

Adat and the Constitution guarantees and protects your rights. No one is more special than another. Equal rights under the law.

The only majority that matters in law is the majority in Parliament on the gov’t side, not the majority in Parliament, in demography or in the streets.

In a democracy, the majority — numbers, not race — have the right to rule.

However, real democracy only begins when the minority gets a hearing.

Who is the minority?

The minority is the losing votes in a seat under the first past the post system. These losing votes don’t have seats in the legislature. In some countries, they are given non-constituency seats if they get at least two per cent of the votes counted nationwide.

So, in Malaya, the losing votes/the minority have to take to the streets to be heard. Deja vu!

Lao Tze said, two thousand years ago, that terrorism is a response to too many laws.

In the case of Islamic terrorism, it’s a response to the rule of law, the basis of the Constitution.

According to jurisprudence, God is not a source in law. There’s no such thing as God’s law, divine law, perfect law.

Law must have source to have jurisdiction, authority and power.

Law exists, and has always existed, based on common sense, universal values and the principles of natural justice.

Having said that, the court is not about ethics, moral values, theology, sin, God, justice, or the truth.

The court is about law.

Parliament makes laws but only the court can declare them.

The Supreme Court of India, for example, ruled that Syariah is not law but based on a person’s willingness to accept it.

It’s unconstitutional to impose syariah on anyone.

Islam was created by the 3rd Caliph to give an identity to Arabs. He compiled and codified the Quran in Arabic from Aramaic and sources in other languages.

Islam was also about getting away from tribalism and feudalism.

The Arab identity and literature must be viewed separately by the rest of the world.

In Arabia, they are one and the same.

There’s no reason for non-Arabs to be Muslim as the identity is about being Arab.

The Arab identity has seen believers degenerating into tribalism and feudalism and going to war against non-believers (kafir).

In fact, Islam was supposed to get Arabs away from tribalism, feudalism, blood feuds and honour killings.

Author: fernzthegreat

Joe Fernandez holds a honours degree in management, majoring in economics, and has opted from academia in law to being a jurist. He was trained professionally on the job as a journalist. He's a longtime Borneo watcher, keen on the history and legal aspects of Malaya's presence in Sabah and Sarawak. He teaches the English language privately and has emerged as a subject matter expert in public examination techniques.

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