MORAL policing of Muslims is unfortunately hardly new in Malaysia. But on 3 Aug 2011, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) went a step further by entering the Petaling Jaya-based Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC), purportedly to investigate a complaint. Christian leaders and secular bodies such as the Bar Council and some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) […]
SERDANG member of Parliament Teo Nie Ching came under attack recently for visiting and speaking inside the prayer area of a surau on 22 Aug 2010. Umno and Perkasa leaders have accused her of desecrating the surau and not respecting the sanctity of Muslim houses of worship. Is this merely politics? Just what does Islam say about allowing non-Muslims inside mosques and suraus?
CRITICISMS towards moral policing in Malaysia are nothing new. Back in 2005, the Federal Territories Islamic Department came under fire after its infamous raid of Kuala Lumpur’s Zouk nightclub. After the Muslim detainees’ claims of sexual harassment and other abuse by religious enforcers, the government sought to curb moral policing, in rhetoric at least. In […]
BARU-baru ini nampaknya anggota penguatkuasa Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais) semakin bertungkus lumus melaksanakan tanggungjawab mereka. Malam 23 April 2010 lalu, Jais telah membuat serbuan serentak bersama-sama Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya dan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia di Bandar Sunway. Enam remaja Islam ditahan kerana didapati meminum arak. Pada 24 April pula, seorang pelajar maut ketika […]
LET’S assume that in a democracy, the purpose of journalism is to provide the public with accurate and reliable information to function as individuals and members of society. By this definition, Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia should then be an accurate and reliable provider of public interest information to Malay-speaking readers across the nation. During the period […]
Di mana Kak Nora? (© vikush | sxc.hu) HIDUP saya sudah porak-peranda, hati saya gundah-gulana, dan fikiran saya haru-biru. Selama beberapa minggu kebelakangan ini, saya melayari laman TepiKain.com.my untuk sajian terkini daripada penulis pujaan saya, Kak Nora, tetapi hampa. Mula-mula saya fikir Kak Nora cuti, jadi dia berehat seketika daripada kolum nasihatnya. Apabila tulisan Kak […]