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  • [Islamic] fascism - creeping in "moderate" Malaysia

    05/08/2012 12:20:41 PM PDT · by Milagros · 2 replies
    Kedah's new fatwa ruling anti-democratic Front APRIL 19 - The Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) reads reports of Kedah's new fatwa ruling with alarm.According to The Star, the ruling enacted by the Kedah State Assembly on Tuesday will ensure that a fatwa decided by the mufti and fatwa committee "cannot be challenged, appealed, reviewed, denied or questioned in any civil court or syariah court."This ban against any challenge to all of Kedah's fatwas practically grants the mufti and fatwa committee absolute say in matters concerning religion - a clear breach of democracy.What took place on Tuesday, in other words, was nothing...
  • Min. labels Umno Penang 'racist' over mosque land allegations [racism and jihad in Malaysia]

    04/28/2012 8:37:08 PM PDT · by Milagros · 5 replies
    The Malaysian Insider ^ | April 4 , 2012
    Guang Eng labels Umno Penang 'racist' over mosque land allegations By Anisah Shukry April 04, 2012 [The Malaysian Insider] KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 - Lim Guan Eng accused Umno Penang today of racism for choosing only to highlight the alleged disposal of land earmarked for mosques in the Bayan Mutiara project. The Penang chief minister said that if Umno's claims were true and that the land been reclassified in the 102.6-acre sale of Bayan Mutiara to Ivory Property Group Bhd (IPGB), then issue affects both Muslim and non-Muslims. "Why then is Umno not highlighting that non-Muslim land for religious worship...
  • Malaysia's melting pot on the boil (Racism in the Muslim nation)

    03/25/2007 3:43:13 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 18 replies · 712+ views
    Malaysia's melting pot on the boil http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/IC24Ae01.html By Baradan Kuppusamy KUALA LUMPUR - Asian melting pot Malaysia is gearing up to celebrate 50 years of independence from British rule, [1] but the racially diverse country still boils from the colonial power's ethnic-based divide-and-rule legacy. there is a growing clash between resurgent Islam led by Malays and the secular constitution favored by the minority ethnic Chinese and Indians. "The situation is worrisome," Abdullah told Malaysians during a televised address last December, appealing for racial understanding, tolerance and national unity. Foreign visitors who view on the surface a seeming peaceful and stable...
  • Judge accused of insulting Islam in turban ruling

    07/26/2006 5:18:42 PM PDT · by dennisw · 23 replies · 693+ views
    mtstandard ^ | 07/22/2006
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s opposition Islamic party has accused a top judge of insulting Islam by ruling that a Muslim boy need not wear a turban — as the Prophet Muhammad did — to prove his faith. The case began when three Muslim boys sued the government because their state school expelled them for refusing to remove their turbans. The boys lost their case, and appealed — but a Federal Court dismissed the appeal. Judge Abdul Hamid Mohamed said in the ruling last week that it isn’t necessary for Muslims to do exactly as the Prophet Muhammad did....
  • Islam, the State, and Freedom of Religion In Malaysia

    11/16/2005 10:00:03 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies · 503+ views
    Foreign Policy in Focus ^ | 16 November 2005 | Clive S. Kessler
    Since September 2001 the struggle between militantly radical and progressive or democratic tendencies—between “ungentle” and “gentle” Islam—has become a matter of urgent importance not only among Muslims but to others beyond their faith community. Some observers suggest that the course taken by this contest in Malaysia may be of more than local significance: because Malaysia has demonstrated singular success among Muslim-majority nations in achieving economic growth and the various worldly attainments associated with it; and because, in opposition to the new militant Islamism, its rulers have promoted and identified themselves with modern, progressive, and liberal forms of Islam. Islam Hadhari...
  • Indonesia's Islamic Parties Weigh Electoral Chances

    03/26/2004 6:11:37 AM PST · by nuconvert · 94+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | Mar. 26, 2004 | Patrick Goodenough
    Indonesia's Islamic Parties Weigh Electoral Chances By Patrick Goodenough CNSNews.com Pacific Rim Bureau Chief March 26, 2004 Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - Muslim political parties, including those pushing for the introduction of shari'a law, are hoping to prosper in Indonesia's general election next month, despite the recent poor showing for Islamists in elections in neighboring Malaysia. Analysts say Islam has become an increasingly significant political factor in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, since former dictator Gen. Suharto was ousted in 1998, after 32 years in power. Even the two largest secular parties are eager to woo the Islamic...
  • Malaysia's 'Gentler' Leader Gets Strong Mandate, Trounces Islamists

    03/26/2004 6:04:46 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 163+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | Mar. 22, 2004
    Malaysia's 'Gentler' Leader Gets Strong Mandate, Trounces Islamists By Patrick Goodenough/ CNSNews.com Pacific Rim Bureau Chief March 22, 2004 Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - A resounding victory for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Malaysian elections has dealt a significant blow to the country's radical Islamic party. By drawing a line under the Mahathir Mohamad era, it also clears the way for a less prickly relationship between Kuala Lumpur and Washington. Unofficial results in Sunday's election gave the ruling coalition, dominated by Abdullah's United Malays National Organization (UMNO), a healthy majority in the federal parliament, and also ended opposition Parti...