A bizarre Malaysian court case encapsulates Malaysia’s identity politics, reports Waleed Aly of the Sydney Morning Herald.
Charles Hector wonders whether the Allah controversy, like many other ethnic or religious issues, is being used to divert attention away from the very real concerns facing Malaysians.
This ‘Allah’ episode has showcased the paranoia of the ruling elites over the possibility of losing their grip over the majority community, observes Teo Sue Ann.
The so-called champions of Islam have been very vocal in the issue of Allah. Foremost among them are Ibrahim Ali and Zulkifli Noordin, president and vice-president of Perkasa respectively.
We are hypocrites if we say we love and trust god whom we cannot touch and see and yet fail to love and trust our neighbours whom we can touch and see. Steven Sim reflects.
Can we challenge ourselves to come together across differences to craft the national identity and nationhood that we want, wonders Azza Basarudin.
Shenaaz Khan is repulsed by how quickly the authorities took action against a Muslim dog-trainer, who landed up in the lock-up for 24 hours before being released.
Art Harun recalls an age of innocence in the 1960s – but since then, years of political posturing using religion and race have now begun to show its ugly consequences.
What the fundamentalists fear is not so much the idea of liberal Muslims trying to “secularise Islam”, but rather, of their “Islamising secularism”, says Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib.
Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa calls upon the government to stop the intimidation and persecution of Shias and to allow them to practise their faith.