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Bugged by Nationalism by Shanon Shah

Leaders everywhere seem to be catching a strange bug. For a fresh example, let’s turn our attention from the White House’s ‘fine-tuned machine’ to the one firing on all cylinders in Malaysia. On 18 February 2017, the ...

Yuna Shines in London by Laych Koh

You could not miss them - the young Muslim women with their turbans tied with chic sharpness, in the fashion of the songstress they were here to see. There was also plenty of tell-tale accents betraying the legion of Malaysians eager to see their ...

How to Produce a Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Farouk A. Peru
The mixed messages one receives from the Malaysian government can render one totally desensitised after a while. One day they tell you we are all Malaysians, another day they tell you Malays are the rightful indigenes so it gets really ...

Malaysia's Annuar Musa and Islamic Racism

Farouk A. Peru
One can definitely hear the eking of desperation when one reads statements like the one by Umno Supreme Council member, Annuar Musa. Annuar proudly admitted that he is a racist. However, his racism ...

Making sense of Anwar Ibrahim’s conviction for sodomy

Shanon Shah
Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim has had to endure not one but two convoluted sodomy trials. The first began in 1998, resulting in a conviction which was eventually overturned in 2004. The second commenced in 2010 resulting in an acquittal, but ...

The Convenient Excuse of Insulting and Defending Islam

Farouk A. Peru
A major disease which afflicts the Muslim Ummah at present is the disease of hypersensitivity. We Muslims have an extremely high sensitivity rate and whenever an incident occurs which is perceived to be insulting, we are called upon by the ...

Islamist Conservatism in Malaysia by Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid

The transmission of Islam in the Malay-Indonesian world remains entrenched in history as one of the foremost examples of peaceful proselytisation of religion on a trans-continental scale. So successful was the continuous process from around the ...

Malaysia Is Misguided to Ban Arabic Word for God

Khaled Diab
Malaysia is embroiled in a holy war of words. The government wants to ban Christians from using what it regards as a word that should be used only by Muslims In 2008, the government threatened to revoke a publishing licence from the Catholic ...