Posts Tagged ‘Malaysia’

Diversity can enable pluralistic progress

Thursday, June 20th, 2024

Cardinal Sebastian Francis says Malaysia’s diverse cultures and religions offer Catholics and people of faith a chance to create a pluralistic society where everyone progresses together. “It is the pluralism of cultures and ethnic groups that makes Malaysia a ‘miniature Asia’” the cardinal says. “The coexistence of different components allows the Catholic community to experience Read more

Malaysia slams door on foreign workers

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Malaysia will not allow foreign workers to take any new jobs in the country until the end of the year to help unemployed citizens find new work, the government has announced. “We are trying to reduce [the number of] foreign workers in the workforce besides giving priority to locals to secure jobs,” Human Resources Minister Read more

Malaysia sets example – abandons death penalty

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Malaysia has decided to abandon the death penalty. The Asian country’s decision is winning praise and adds further momentum to a growing global trend that human rights advocates hope will spell an end to state-sanctioned killing. Read more

Morals policing in Malaysia to be reduced

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Malaysia’s morals policing is likely to be reduced. The new Malaysian government is taking tentative steps to curb abusive and obtrusive so-called moral policing some hard-line Islam followers favour. Read more

Public caning for Malaysian Muslim lesbians

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Two Malaysian Muslim lesbians received a public caning after being convicted under Islamic laws of attempting to have sexual relations. Lawyers and activists say the women, aged 22 and 32, were seated on stools facing the judges and given six strokes from a light rattan cane on their backs by female prison officers. More than Read more

Scholar says term ‘Allah’ predates Islam

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

An Indonesian scholar says Muslims who believe the term “Allah” is exclusive to Islam are “confused”. Ulil Abshar Abdalla said the word predates Islam and is a general Arabic term used to refer to God. Malaysia has declared the word “Allah” should only be used by Muslims, exclusively. Ulil was denied entry into Malaysia earlier Read more

Malaysia court upholds “Allah” ban for Catholic newspaper

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Malaysia’s highest court has ruled that a Catholic newspaper may not use the word “Allah” to refer to God. The ruling upheld a lower court decision that banned The Herald from using then word, on the grounds that it would cause confusion in the community. The Herald editor Fr Lawrence Andrew, SJ, explained that “Allah” Read more

Malaysia court reserves decision on use of ‘Allah’ by Catholics

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Malaysia’s highest court has reserved its decision on whether to hear the Catholic Church’s appeal to be able to use the word “Allah”. Hundreds of Muslims demonstrated outside the court shouting “Allahu Akbar” or “God is great”. They also held banners that read: “Want to use ‘Allah’, join Islam. Don’t be ill-mannered”. They dispersed after Read more

UN official says Malaysia should reverse “Allah” ban

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Malaysia should reverse a ban on a Christian newspaper using the word “Allah” to refer to God, Reuters quoted a UN official as saying on Monday about a decision that fanned religious tension in the mainly Muslim country. Malaysia’s second highest court ruled in October that the Catholic newspaper, the Herald, could not use the Read more

Malaysia vows to keep defending name of Allah

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak assured Muslims that his government would continue to defend the name of “Allah” and uphold the position of Islam, even as it embraced the concept of moderation. In a message during the celebration of Maal Hijrah celebration, the Malaysian leader said that even as Malaysia upholds the Federal Read more