CAN Islamic authorities raid churches and bookstores even though they are non-Muslim entities and summon non-Muslims for questioning? Does the syariah court have jurisdiction the moment Islam or a Muslim is involved? Ding Jo-Ann examines the constitutional issues.
Muslims constitute the majority of the Malaysian population and the country’s top leadership. Still, just how safe is it to be a Muslim in Malaysia? And can Muslims trust that their rights will be protected and upheld by a public administration that increasingly says it wants to uphold Islamic values and teachings?
CAN religious authorities like Jawi and Jais raid companies, confiscate books and detain Muslims for publishing and selling a book that is deemed a threat to Muslims in Malaysia? What laws empower religious state authorities to act in the way they have over Irshad Manji’s book? And what laws protect citizens and companies from arbitrary action?
The Nut Graph has continued exploring our shared migrant roots as Malaysians through the Found in Malaysia series of interviews on the website. Now, we’ve compiled another 50 interviews with notable local personalities into a second book, Found in Malaysia Volume 2. Published by ZI Publications, the book will soon be available at bookstores […]
WHAT better day to unveil The Nut Graph‘s Found in Malaysia book than on Malaysia Day on 16 Sept 2010 last week. The book is after all, a compilation of interviews with prominent Malaysians of different lineage on what their Malaysian identity means. Found in Malaysia, published by ZI Publications and now available in good […]
IOANNIS Gatsiounis is a freelance journalist from New York who has lived in Kuala Lumpur for the last six years. He has written about Malaysia and the region for publications such as Forbes, Newsweek, the International Herald Tribune and The Wall Street Journal Asia. Stretching his writer’s muscle, Gatsiounis recently wrote 10 short fictional stories […]
The following is an excerpt of Datuk Zaid Ibrahim’s foreword in his second book Saya Pun Melayu, which was launched on 23 March 2009. He addresses issues of Malay identity, privilege and politics at a time of transition in Malaysia. PADA saya tidak ada untungnya kita menjadikan tafsiran siapa itu Melayu sebagai satu stereotaip atau […]