Posted: 02 Jun 2013 12:44 PM PDT
In Malaysia Islam is mixed with politics which has brought out many skewed debates about Islam, such as the introduction of Hudud laws and who has the right to use the word Allah. This has inhibited informed national debate about important Islamic issues, and often projecting Islam in a narrow and intolerant light.
Murray Hunter, Eurasia Review
However these 'radical extremist' stereotypes held by many non-Muslims ignore the true motivations behind the reassertion of Islamic identity within the ASEAN region, where there is an exploration to merge Islamic philosophy with modern economic development, with the accompanying tensions and stresses this process produces for any developing society. Non-Muslims also ignore other non-religious factors such as history, ethnicity, poverty, and repression when stereotyping Muslims as a homogeneous group.
Posted: 02 Jun 2013 12:35 PM PDT
I believe it is not rallies Umno fears but a growing trend of historical revisionism. Should the spectre of May 13 be torn apart as an Umno-orchestrated plot, Barisan Nasional would lose its status as a bringer of "stability" and a preserver of "delicate race relations".
The real fear of Umno is the revision of the "gospel truth" they have taught people as the history of the nation.
All those arrested thus far do however, have something in common: they all spoke out against racism at a May 13 forum at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.
Posted: 02 Jun 2013 12:11 PM PDT
Such a situation is shaky for the BN and talk of its assembly members crossing over can be "worrying" for the coalition. So back to the big question – is it true?
Mohsin Abdullah, fz.com
Read more at: http://fz.com/content/perak-rerun#ixzz2V7S0ez5M
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