O YOU who have attained to faith! Do not enter houses other than your own unless you have obtained permission and greeted their inmates. This is [enjoined upon you] for your own good, so that you might bear [your mutual rights] in mind.

Hence, [even] if you find no one within [the house], do not enter it until you are given leave; and if you are told, “Turn back,” then turn back. This will be most conducive to your purity; and God has full knowledge of all that you do.

AN-NUR (27-28)


Privacy is a basic human right. The home is the bastion of one’s privacy. An invasion of your home is a serious violation of your privacy. And an invasion of your privacy is a serious violation of  human rights.

Your home is the place where the most  intimate things take place – marital, domestic and family intercourse and interactions, bodily and toilet functions and activities that maintain your health and vitality.

Your home is where you should feel most “at home” and relaxed, where you are away from public and even friendly gaze and where you can be as open and as natural as you want to be – without being scrutinised and judged by people other than your closest family members.

In the privacy of your  home you have the right to slink around in your favourite item of clothing – like the old, tattered and torn Marks & Sparks T shirt or the outrageously gaudy housecoat – without having to apologise for showing a lack of ettiquette or dress sense. All this and more if you do not offend the other people you share your home with.

On a hot sultry day you can sleep naked if you so choose. On a freezing night you can wear your long- forgotten silver fox and mink fur coat if you so desire. In the privacy of your room you can do all these things and more… without being called a pervert or a social misfit!

You can stay as long as you like in the bathroom or on the toilet bowl and assume whatever position you fancy…as long as you are not intruding into the time and space of the other occupants.

The thought that there is a CCTV or bug strategically placed to record your most private bodily functions is absolutely reprehensible!

 The thought that the most private images of you will be circulated for all and sundry to see is entirely unacceptable!

The idea that a sleazy ex husband/boyfriend/partner/politician/lawyer is using it to publicly slander or blackmail you is abominable!

The individual’s right to privacy in his or her own home and natural abode must be protected at all cost!


5 Responses to “”

  1. 1 The Ancient Mariner
    February 19, 2009 at 6:04 am

    You are absolutely right. Its not about public morality, this is about invasion of privacy.

    One needs to be extra careful these days when even kids have digital cameras on their cellphones. And in the words of a former MCA leader (referring to Dr. Chua Soi Lek), perhaps one can indulge “but dont get caught!”.


  2. 2 ocho-onda
    February 23, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    “But what I’m really hoping for most from this political quagmire is the emergence of solid and substantive political leaders who are not only people with the highest morals and integrity, but who have the wherewithal and the skills to reason at a more intellectual level and to articulate it effectively to the rakyat.

    We need the right leaders to say the right things to calm down the simmering emotions before they boil over into revolt and bloodshed”

    You actually have more in common with RPK than you realize,Nina. The only difference is the methods of persuasion used. Yours is more passive, appealing to reason whereas his is more of shock and awe because he has given up on appealing when all the pleadings tak masuk akal pun !
    Your methods will work only when you are dealing with leaders of a certain intellectual level.

  3. 3 ocho-onda
    February 23, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I totally agree with you that invasion of an individual’s personal space and privacy is sacrilegious !

  4. 4 ninitalk
    February 24, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Are you saying ocho-onda that we should apply unsubstantiated slander and blame when we are appealing to the “less intellectual level”? The level of RPK’s rhetoric and argument shows that he is targeting educated, intelligent people like you and me! There lies the rub…

    The fast to death will backfire as he is no Ghandi and Malaysia is no India!

  5. 5 ocho-onda
    February 24, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Well, the fact remains that RPK has to substantiate all the allegations that he published and that is what our courts are for, to provide justice to both the slanderer and the slandered and if he is found guilty , then he should answer for his misdeeds. We have sufficient laws to deal with that .
    He does not need to be silenced and put away by ISA which is basically what the authority is doing to suppress dissenting opinion, which has nothing to do with unsubstantiated slander at all.
    It will indeed be tragic if he has to choose to fast to death to prove a point!
    I don’t mean to insult you or any other educated intelligent fellow Malaysians.
    My point is that even though we all differ in our approach and views, our destination and aim is the same , – the ultimate well being of our nation and beloved country.

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