Blind loyalty? Re-reading Taj-us Salatin of Buchara al-Jauhari

The Malays “in the old days” and today are far more intelligent and independent minded than some of our politicians give them credit for....

Najib’s rise to power and the limits to ethnocracy in Malaysia

Malaysia will have its sixth prime minister on April 3, 2009 in the person of Najib Abdul Razak, the new President of the United...

Stop human rights violations on ethnic minorities in Burma

The Chin Democracy and Human Rights Network reports on...

Remembering 22 Singapore victims of ISA

 On 21 May 1987, 22 young social workers, lawyers, businessmen, theatre practitioners and other professionals were detained without trial under Singapore's internal security law...

“You are not qualified to talk about Islam”: How to respond to attempts to...

Rather than silencing the voices of Muslim women who are trying to understand and make relevant Islam for the age we live in, the...

Perak crisis: The longer term

The BN's takeover of Perak without resort to elections would cement the enmity of the very people it should be trying to win back...

Malaysia’s first UPR: Too much praise, too little progress

The NGO section during the inaugural review in Geneva The inaugural annual review of Malaysia's human rights performance, held in Geneva, was extremely disappointing,...

The terrifying voyage of Burma’s boat people

Next month thousands of young Burmese Muslims, persecuted in their own land, will attempt to voyage across the sea to a better life –...

Relativism and the politics of absolutes

Sooner rather than later, all politicians who claim to be representative – rather than authoritarian – will have to accept the fact that not...

“You are not qualified to interpret my religious text”: How to respond to attempts...

For the sake of keeping religious texts and scriptures alive and relevant to the needs of our times, alternative readings are required time and...

“You are not qualified to talk about my religion”: How to respond to attempts...

Dealing with the standard admonition “You do not have the right to speak about my religion” therefore entails having the courage and consistency to...

Burma’s junta: An interpretation of barbaric military rulers

Yesterday was Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday but this occasion was not celebrated by her or the people of Burma. All the people...

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