THERE is a new threat against Muslims in Malaysia and its name is pluralism. But just what kind of threat does pluralism pose to Malaysian Muslims? And what are other nations, which also experience cultural and religious diversity, doing about pluralism that we may learn from them?
Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Lessons from the Seksualiti Merdeka controversyBy Shanon Shah
Open-ended vs. close-ended democracy?
Liberating PalestineBy Shanon Shah
Book cover for Where the streets had a name (all pics courtesy of Pan MacMillan) THERE has been an outpouring of rage and sympathy from many Malaysians, from across the political divide, towards Israel’s recent bombardment of Gaza, Palestine. To gain a more nuanced perspective of the issue, The Nut Graph spoke exclusively with Australian […]
Kontroversi fatwa berterusanOleh Shanon Shah
(© Ilker / sxc.hu) ADA perkembangan terbaru dalam isu fatwa di Malaysia. Tanggal 2 Dis 2008, Utusan Malaysia melaporkan yang Majlis Muzakarah Fatwa Kebangsaan mengaku tidak boleh memaksa kerajaan negeri mewartakan fatwa berkaitan rokok. Alasannya kerana kuasa mewartakan fatwa terletak di bawah Jabatan Mufti Negeri masing-masing. Sebelum ini, ahli parlimen PAS, Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, […]
PKR’s politicsBy Elizabeth Looi and Ng Boon Hooi
Harapan Baru (A New Dawn) is the theme for this year’s PKR congress THE results of the 8 March 2008 general election suggested that voters are not completely besotted with race-based politics. Since then, there has been encouraging talk about multi-racial politics and policies which respect all Malaysians as equal citizens. One of the proponents […]
Fatwas shouldn’t be lawBy Sisters in Islam
(© Hayat Alyaqout / sxc.hu) SISTERS in Islam calls on the government to review the fatwa as an instrument of mandatory and binding rule-making in Malaysia. Our call is made on the grounds that fatwas having the automatic force of law: has no basis in Islamic legal theory and practice; conflict with the Federal Constitution; […]
Images of MalaysiansBy Jacqueline Ann Surin
Yee I-Lann (Images courtesy of Galeri Petronas) ALMOST immediately, I was struck by two observations at the Imaging Selfs: Portraits by Soraya Yusof Talismail exhibition, currently on at the Galeri Petronas until 18 Jan 2009. One was the diversity of textures, colours, and looks of each and every one of the 78 prominent Malaysian artists […]
MCA against merging common law and syariah courtsBy Deborah Loh
KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Nov 2008: The MCA does not agree with the idea of merging the syariah and common law courts as it could result in the syariah being used to govern non-Muslims. The party’s legal bureau chairperson Datuk Leong Tang Chong said in a statement today that the proposed merger would “compel and subject […]