Drummers at the 1999 Bon Odori Festival in Kuala Lumpur. File photo: AP
Drummers at the 1999 Bon Odori Festival in Kuala Lumpur. File photo: AP
Malaysia

Bon Odori festival saga sheds light on how Malaysia governs Islam, after sultan rebukes federal minister

  • Even though Islam is enshrined in the constitution as Malaysia’s official religion, its governance comes under the nation’s nine monarchs across 13 states
  • Observers say Malay royals have become more vocal in asserting their power under the constitution, which serves as a ‘check and balance’ against federal politicians who politicise Islamic issues for support

Drummers at the 1999 Bon Odori Festival in Kuala Lumpur. File photo: AP
Drummers at the 1999 Bon Odori Festival in Kuala Lumpur. File photo: AP
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