A stray dog walks on a downtown Kuala Lumpur street. Dog lovers often must keep their pets private to avoid disrupting a Muslim culture that deems the animals unclean. Photo: AP

How Malaysia’s dogs became political animals

The nation adheres to a school of Islamic jurisprudence that forbids contact with canines, but experts say it’s identity politics, not religion, that makes frolicking with the ‘unclean’ animals such a taboo

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A stray dog walks on a downtown Kuala Lumpur street. Dog lovers often must keep their pets private to avoid disrupting a Muslim culture that deems the animals unclean. Photo: AP
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