Some Towers Not Welcome


A retired justice of the Malaysian Court of Appeals has, with reference to the Constitution, opined that the towering idols of Hindus and Buddhists should not be built in the open, but should be placed within enclosed buildings. While I reject any
constitutional interpretation that permits the overt expression of religion only to Muslims, I can’t deny feeling empathy with the former judge to the extent that unmitigated hubris in religious art and architecture undermines the proper functioning of sacred form… be it in terms of bakthi, or tawhid.