Mustafa K Anuar reviews a compelling book for those those concerned about Islam, identity politics, power relations, ethnic relations and democracy in Malaysia.
Aliran views with deep concern the mischievous and dastardly deed of throwing pig heads at mosques, the latest incident being at Masjid Al-Hidayah in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.
Isn’t it time that we all celebrate our diversity knowing that our own lives are enriched and enhanced by our cross-cultural contributions, asks Bina Ramanand.
Democratisation beckons even in Sarawak, where Muslim Melanau strongmen have held sway for a few decades. As civil society and access to information expands, it could trigger a tsunami big enough to sweep away not only these strongmen but also the entire Sarawak BN, predicts Faisal S Hazis.
Too bad, Nazri resorted to stereo-typed notions of ‘non-Muslims’ and cock-eyed ideas of what constitutes their rights, observes Francis Loh. No wonder there’s no 1Malaysia!
We should not let the powers-that-be divert us from the ongoing struggle and demands for reform and accountability in all areas of Malaysian politics and governance, argues Zaharom Nain.
Now, more than ever before, progressive and critical voices must be heard within our respective religions, urges Francis Loh.
In the year 2009, is a Malaysian woman going to be caned for drinking alcohol or is she going to see the true meaning of mercy and compassion in Islam, wonders Farish Noor.
Rather than silencing the voices of Muslim women who are trying to understand and make relevant Islam for the age we live in, the conservatives among us should learn to listen to the critical and often constructive comments of others instead, urges Farish Noor.
Mandi safar to us non-Malays meant a licence from our parents to play in the river because we were taken care of by the Malay families with whom we had tagged along. It was unadulterated fun; we had no idea of the religious reasons attached to it, recalls Choo Sing Chye.