In "Secular or non-secular? - What history tells us", I have reproduced a section of the Reid Commission report with a sentence unintentionally omitted. I wish to take responsibility and apologise for that omission. The particular section should read as follows (with the omitted part in bold):
“We have considered the question whether there should be any statement in the Constitution to the effect that Islam should be the State religion. There was universal agreement that if any such provision were inserted it must be made clear that it would not in any way affect the civil rights of non-Muslims. In the memorandum submitted by the Alliance it was stated — ‘the religion of Malaysia shall be Islam. The observance of this principle shall not impose any disability on non-Muslim nationals professing and practising their own religion and shall not imply that the State is not a secular State’.
I wish to thank the writer of Secular or non-secular: How Art Harun got it wrong on the Reid Commission for bringing to my attention the aforesaid omission. The fact that there is someone who cares enough to write a 2214-word article on my accidental and unintentional omission to reproduce 10 words from the Reid Commission is heart-warming, to say the least. I value such effort and support.
I have written to the Malay Mail, who published my said article to include this corrigendum (in a shorter form) in my next article. I hope they would accede to my request.
* Update : this corrigendum appears in my article published by the Malay mail today on page 14. The same corrigendum will also be sent to the Malaysian Insider today.