Peninsular Malaysians ‘average or selectively’ racist, NGO’s racism index shows

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 ― Malaysians in the peninsula are “average or “selectively” racist, Centre for a Better Tomorrow (Cenbet) said today, citing findings from a recent survey conducted for its Racism Index.

According to the index unveiled this morning, peninsular Malaysians scored 59.1 per cent on the index, putting them in the “average or selectively racist” category, behind the categories “racist” and “moderately racist”.

Cenbet co-president Gan Ping Sieu said that the survey showed that although many Malaysians here do not see themselves racist, their answers appeared to indicate they still have racist tendencies.

“Despite what we say, we are generally and selectively racist in nature. We have shades of racism in us,” he said. Read more

Liberal Muslims being monitored, Parliament told

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has called liberal Muslims deviants, saying it would increase efforts to sway them back to traditional religious beliefs.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Islamic affairs Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said that these liberal groups would also be monitored and may have their publications censored if they try to post on print or electronic media.

In a reply to Nik Abduh Nik Abdul  Aziz (PAS-Pasir Mas), Jamil said that the Government had made its stance clear against liberalism in a 2006 declaration during the 74th National Fatwa Council’s muzakarah (discussion) task force on Malaysian Islamic affairs.

It had labelled that liberal movements contain “understandings which deviate from faith and Syariah”.  Read more