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Can <em>Noah</em> be banned for being un-Islamic?

Can Noah be banned for being un-Islamic?

The movie Noah has been banned in Malaysia because it is deemed un-Islamic to depict a prophet. But is it legal to ban something on the basis that it is un-Islamic? When imposing a ban, what are the appropriate criteria to restrict freedom of expression, which is a constitutionally guaranteed human right?

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Lying about unity

Lying about unity

MUCH has already been said about how MH370’s mystery and tragedy has united the nation. However, the declaration of national unity and the call for citizens to remain united because of the tragedy, by Umno politicians in particular, is hypocritical and duplicitous.

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<em>Uncommon Sense</em> with Wong Chin Huat: The real purpose of Sarawak and Sabah’s immigration controls

Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: The real purpose of Sarawak and Sabah’s immigration controls

WHAT is the real intent behind giving Sabah and Sarawak their own autonomy over immigration matters, including the right to ban people from entering these states? Political scientist Dr Wong Chin Huat looks at how a good intention has been abused and no longer serves its original purpose.

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More internet policing in store for Malaysia

More internet policing in store for Malaysia

The police will be setting up a Cyber Investigation Response Center to be more proactive in curbing “misuse of the internet”. Whilst social media content about the missing MH370 may be the impetus for the police’s plans, the implications for net users will go beyond how social media has been responding to the mystery and tragedy of the Malaysia Airlines plane.

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Bomoh, kebudayaan, Islam dan keadilan

Bomoh, kebudayaan, Islam dan keadilan

Upacara yang dilakukan di KLIA oleh Ibrahim Mat Zin yang mengaku sebagai Raja Bomoh, telah menjadi bahan ejekan samada di dalam dan di luar Negara. Adakah benar amalannya itu sesat atau murtad? Dan apakah yang dikatakan oleh ajaran Islam berkenaan dengan amalan-amalan sebegini?

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The obstacles to local council elections

The obstacles to local council elections

It’s now six years since the DAP and PKR promised to enact local council elections. Yet neither Penang nor Selangor, which are under the control of the Pakatan Rakyat, has succeeded in doing so. What exactly is the problem with local council elections that it is taking so long to implement? And why is there so much secrecy surrounding the appointment of councillors?

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