MALAYSIA dan Indonesia ialah dua negara berjiran yang ibarat saudara kandung. Kedua-duanya penduduknya majoriti beragama Islam dan dari rumpun Melayu. Walaupun masyarakatnya banyak persamaan, namun majoriti ulama dan rakyat Indonesia tidak mahukan ‘Negara Islam’ sedangkan ramai ulama dan sebahagian masyarakat Islam di Malaysia menuntut didirikan ‘Negara Islam’ dan melaksanakan hudud. Mengapa begitu?
I WOULDN’T normally consider myself an outlaw. Last month, for example, I submitted another deferment request for the six-year-old National Service summons that I have yet to fulfil because of school calendars. I also don’t buy pirated DVDs. But recently I have found myself among the many in a position where democratic citizenship conflicts with […]
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 […]
LIBERALISM, or rather, what some would have us believe is liberalism, has been accused as the source of all sorts of wickedness and chicanery from sexual immorality to high treason. But what is liberalism really, especially in the Malaysian context? Can Malaysia be considered liberal at the moment? Is there such a thing as Malaysian […]