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  1. Time for Malaysia to unite, not fight

    Posted Jan 28th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Church burnings, religious slurs and demonstrations over who has the right to the word Allah are tell-tale signs of Muslim extremism. They are not what we expect of Malaysia, a nation ... investors, and the slogan 'One Malaysia' is being used to attract tourists. Neither campaign is working as it should; the violence has sparked worries at home and abroad. Investment ...

  2. Malaysia's PM braced for religious backlash

    Posted Mar 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... fighting to give her a future. What about your children? The solution is to vote opposition.' Racial and religious discrimination against Malaysia's minority Chinese and Indian voters has ... covered issues including the right to convert, custody of children, burial and freedom of religion. Malaysia's Christians, who number two million, have come under particular pressure ...

  3. Nation-building for youth in Malaysia

    Posted Mar 01st 2004, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... in the same city- but in reality are strangers living worlds apart. Now these youngsters with diverse backgrounds are learning to live together as some of the first intake of Malaysia's new ... and community service. 'I know more about Islam and Malay culture now then ever before...we are thrown together and have to sink or swim together,' Anne wrote in a letter to Malaysia ...

  4. ID card headscarf request rekindles Malaysia's religious freedom row

    Posted Jun 15th 2004, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... Baradan Kuppusamy in Kuala Lumpur A glitch in the photographic system of the National Registration Department has once again shown how easy it is to feed racial mistrust in Malaysia ... and Malaysia's Chinese-language newspapers jumped on the case, rekindling a debate over religious freedom. Scarves are the most visible symbol of Islam in the country and are worn by most Muslim women. ...

  5. Malaysia must put law ahead of religion

    Posted Mar 21st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Malaysia's leaders like to think of their country as a model for other Muslim-majority nations to follow. They have a valid reason for such a belief: through progressive planning, they have been able to overcome the problems plaguing many Muslims elsewhere in the world- poverty, oppression, illiteracy and malnutrition. That Malaysia is unlike countries in the Middle East ...

  6. Malaysia awaits court decision on conversion

    Posted May 30th 2007, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... Dawson. Her dreams, however, remain unfulfilled. Malaysia's Muslim authorities fear that allowing her to 'leave Islam' would open the floodgates with Malays leaving the faith ...

  7. Malaysia's lessons for Indonesia

    Posted Apr 01st 2004, 12:00am by Karim Raslan

    ... Karim Raslan Historically, Indonesia has been both inward-looking and resistant to external influence. However, the election in Malaysia- which saw Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmed Badawi and his National Front coalition trounce the opposition Islamic Parti Islam se-Malaysia (PAS)- will have a substantial impact on the fortunes of similar parties in the archipelago, which goes ...

  8. Chinese Muslims see Malay bias in rejection of their own mosque

    Posted May 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Baradan Kuppusamy

    ... Baradan Kuppusamy in Kuala Lumpur A long-standing request by Malaysia's 70,000 Chinese Muslims to have their own mosque with services in Mandarin appears to have been turned down ... 'There are enough mosques in Malaysia; why one especially for Chinese Muslims?' said Abdul Hamid Othman, head of the Islamic Affairs Department and chief Islamic adviser to Prime Minister ...

  9. Paradise lost in the name of God

    Posted Jan 19th 2010, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... temples, shopping and enjoying local food. There is a catchy tune, and the finale: 'Malaysia, truly Asia.' Yes, Malaysia has many of the blessings of a paradise on earth. It is a rich, fertile land producing an array of commodities. Its well-educated 27 million people of Malay, Chinese and Indian origins live comfortably with per capita incomes of US$15,200. But, today, Malaysia ...

  10. Constitution, not sharia courts, has primacy

    Posted May 31st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Groups of Muslim youths prayed outside Malaysia's highest court yesterday for a result that 'favoured Islam'. They greeted with cheers of support the decision of the Federal ... would face criminal prosecution for apostasy. The decision will not serve Islam or Malaysia well. The freedom to change one's religion is a fundamental human right, enshrined ...




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