A ‘cross-like symbol’ in Malaysia adds to religious chaos
A ‘cross-like symbol’ in Malaysia adds to religious chaos
KUALA LUMPUR: A research firm has warned of a growing trend in support and tolerance for terrorist activities despite the findings from a recent survey that Muslims in Malaysia report low tendencies for direct participation in violent extremism.
Faisal S Hazis an academic who coauthored the survey on tolerance and susceptibility to extremism in Southeast Asia, said 28% of Malaysian Muslims demonstrated “violence-receptive” tendencies, meaning that they did not directly reject violence.
I am so shocked.
Islamic law, also known as Sharia, is often associated by critics with harsh punishments and hardline attitudes. But one of Malaysia’s first female Sharia high court judges says her role gives her an opportunity to protect women in the Muslim-majority nation.
Judge Nenney Shushaidah presides over five trials a day and can hear up to 80 cases a week.
Malaysia practises a moderate form of Islam but conservative attitudes have been on the rise and the use of Sharia is growing as well. Under a dual-track legal system, thousands of Muslims use it to settle moral and family matters. Non-Muslims are required to follow secular laws that deal with the same matters.
So she’s basically a Kapo.
Two women have been caned in Malaysia after being found guilty of attempting to have sex with each other in what is said to be the first case of such a punishment imposed on women for being lesbians.
The public caning took place in the conservative state of Terengganu in the northeast of the country on Monday. The women were caned six times each in the Sharia High Court in front of around 100 people.
The caning of two lesbian women by a religious court in Malaysia has been postponed amid outcry from human rights activists.
The women had pleaded guilty to charges of having lesbian sex, in a country where strict Islamic laws forbid “sodomy” as a crime and a threat to the Muslim-majority country’s conservative values.
The couple was sentenced to a fine and six strokes of the cane, but the punishment – scheduled to take place on Tuesday – was postponed by a religious court in Terengganu due to “technical reasons”.
Since you are not allowed to have sex with a woman if you follow Islam.
Two women have been sentenced to caning in Malaysia for going against their religion by having sex in contravention of strict Islamic laws, according to an official said on Tuesday, August 14.
The women aged 22 and 32, were arrested in April by Islamic enforcement officers after they were found in a car in a public square in northern Terengganu state, one of the most conservative areas of the country.
In 2013, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad appeared to urge the wiping out of all Jews and cited as an example the Holocaust.
Anti-Semitism is an artificial construct created to stop people from criticizing Jews for any wrongdoing, making them the only race that is beyond reproach, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said in an interview with the Associated Press on Monday
11 and Married: Malaysia Spars Over an Age-Old Practice
GUA MUSANG, Malaysia — Norazila and Ayu were best friends and they shared everything that girls do: sleepovers, selfies, musings about cute boys.
But their friendship, which had blossomed in their placid hamlet in northern Malaysia, was destroyed late last month when Norazila, 14, discovered that Ayu, 11, had secretly become her father’s third wife.
Investigators probing the MH370 mystery today said they cannot rule out the possibility it was hijacked as they released a 400-page report into the disappearance of the doomed flight.
Officials said the plane, which went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 on board had diverted from its flight path manually rather than due to a mechanical fault while ‘interference by a third party’ could not be excluded.
But angry families of those on board remain without definitive answers to one of aviation’s greatest mysteries after experts said they are still unable to say why exactly the Boeing 777 disappeared.
A Malaysian man who married an 11-year-old Thai girl has been fined 1,800 Malaysian Ringgit (US$450) after pleading guilty in a sharia court.
Che Abdul Karim Che Abdul Hamid, who already has two wives and six children, was charged with polygamy and conducting the marriage without the court’s permission.
From the conservative state of Kelantan in northern Malaysia, the 41-year-old rubber dealer was charged under sections 19 and 124 of the state’s Islamic family law.
KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 (Reuters) – Reports of marriage between a 11-year old girl and a man 30 years her senior sparked an uproar in Malaysia on Saturday, reigniting debate on the subject of underage marriage in the Muslim majority country.
The Malaysian government confirmed the incident in a statement on Saturday, but added there were no records in the courts or the regional religious office that permitted this marriage.
If there was no written permission from the sharia court then the marriage would be unlawful, it said.
KUALA LUMPUR – She looks like a normal middle-aged woman who would spend her day looking after her husband and children.
But underneath the housewife persona is a woman who allegedly planned to carry out a suicide mission on behalf of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Malaysia.
The 51-year-old, whose identity has been withheld by Malaysian authorities, was among 15 people arrested in the latest series of terror swoops. They were conducted between March 27 and May 9 in five states – Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Kelantan and Sabah.
“The woman was arrested in Puchong, Selangor on May 9. She had plans to launch attacks on non-Muslims by using her car to run over them at polling centres during the 14th general elections,” said national police Mohamad Fuzi Harun in a statement.
On Monday, the highest court in Malaysia is scheduled to hear the appeal of four people who wish to have their conversions from Islam to Christianity legally recognised.
In a country where there is no legal way to leave Islam, the four people are asking the Federal Court to have their names and their faith changed on their national identity cards.
Three of the four were raised as Christians but converted to Islam in order to marry Muslims. Jenny Peter divorced her Muslim husband in 2006 and returned to Christianity. Salina Jau was divorced by her Muslim husband in 1992, and then she returned to Christianity. Tiong Choo Ting began to practice Christianity after his Muslim wife died in 2007.
All three signed “statutory declarations” that they intended to return to Christianity. They were required to undergo “counselling” regarding their faith. No coercion is exerted in the counselling, which takes place at the state department of religion in two to five sessions running from 30 minutes to an hour. According to court records, “All appelates attended counselling sessions and remained firm in their stand to renounce Islam.”
A Malaysian rapper is facing up to a year in prison for allegedly insulting Islam with a video that features dancers wearing dog masks.
Rapper Wee Meng Chee, known by his stage name Namewee, released a video for his song ‘Like A Dog’, filmed in Putrajaya, earlier this month.
Several black-clad dancers wearing masks of dogs – an animal considered unclean in Islam – gyrate and mimic sex acts around the rapper, who is sat in an office chair in a public square.
Malaysia sorry for Chinese New Year rooster ad cock-up
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysia has apologised after a government ad in Chinese-language newspapers featuring a picture of a barking rooster to mark the Year of the Dog sparked a flood of mockery.
The full-page advert by the domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism ministry showed a rooster emitting the word “wang”, used to represent a dog’s bark in Mandarin.
The advert, printed in Chinese-language newspapers in the multi-ethnic country on Thursday, also carried a message welcoming a “prosperous Year of the Dog”.