Posts Tagged ‘Malaysia’

Malaysia sets example – abandons death penalty Comments 0

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 Related Posts:Death penalty for three top Muslim clericsDeath penalty catechism change: internationally importantThe pope is right: the Read more

Morals policing in Malaysia to be reduced Comments 0

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 Related Posts:Malaysia gets Catholic as top judgePacific Island Police: significant contribution to…Married At First Sight: The time reality TV…Public caning for Malaysian Muslim lesbians

Public caning for Malaysian Muslim lesbians Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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

Malaysian court bans Catholic paper’s use of Allah Comments 0

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Catholics in Malaysia will continue to use the word Allah to refer to God in the liturgy, despite a court ruling that only Muslims may use the word. The Court of Appeal decision was specifically against a Catholic newspaper, the Malaysia Herald, which intends to lodge an appeal. Malaysia’s leading Catholic bishop, Archbishop Murphy Pakiam Read more

Catholic weekly loses court battle over right to use ‘Allah’ Comments 1

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

A Catholic weekly newspaper in Malaysia lost its latest legal battle over the right to use the word ‘Allah’ for God in its local language edition. A three-member panel of the Court of Appeal ruled that the government’s efforts to ban the use of the word in Christian publications will continue. The case dates back Read more