Intolerance rising in Malaysia, says report

Source: FMT News

Rising intolerance is believed to be largely due to the influence of Malaysians who study in Saudi Arabia and, upon their return, introduce Salafist ideas into the nation’s administration. Image taken from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has shifted towards a more rigid, political Islam, resulting in greater intolerance in the country, according to a report in The Diplomat.

The report quoted researchers and Muslims as saying that intolerance was becoming a part of Malaysian life.

Dr Zachary Abuza, a professor at the National War College in the US

Dr Zachary Abuza, a professor at the National War College in the US, was quoted by The Diplomat as saying: “Malaysia has become steadily more intolerant, and this has been a top down government policy.”

Abuza, who focuses on Southeast Asian politics and security issues, described Malaysian Islamic religious leaders as state-sponsored and who used vetted sermons.

“The people most at risk are clearly the ethnic minorities, atheists, and Christian Malays, which is actually unconstitutional.

“I was just in Malaysia, and the intolerance displayed by Malays is growing. I don’t know one Chinese Malaysian or Indian that is not alarmed at where this is headed.” Read more

Time women speak out on national issues, says activist

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin Abdullah has urged women to speak out on political and human rights issues, many of which appear to have no resolution in sight.

Speaking to FMT, Maria said now was the time for women to make their voices heard as their exposure to current issues had gained much traction as of late.

“Women account for about 50% of Malaysia’s population and 40%-50% of the total voters in the country.

“So we should have a say on the issues in the country, and it should carry some weight with policymakers,” she said.

According to Maria, many of these issues had not been resolved or had been kept under wraps as policymakers continued delaying discussions on the matters. Read more

Women to march against ‘toxic’ and sexist politics on Sept 10

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24 — Several of Malaysia’s most prominent women personalities are planning a city march on September 10 demanding an end to what they call a “rising tide” of toxic, violent and sexist politics in the country.

The walk is scheduled to start from Maju Junction to the Sogo shopping centre 350m away on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in the national capital from 5pm.

“We as the women of Malaysia are dismayed at the erosion of democracy in Malaysia, through acts of violence perpetrated at political events, media or online. As the authorities have failed to address the problem, we as the women of Malaysia are taking a stand against this harmful rise of toxic politics.

“What is more worrying is when a woman’s dignity and well-being can be sacrificed for the sake of politics and propaganda,” Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, representing the women, told a news conference here at the launch of the event called “Women Against Toxic Politics”. Read more

MACC must conduct probes discreetly, say former AG, lawyer

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: A former attorney-general and an ex-Malaysian Bar president said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must conduct their investigations discreetly to avoid the naming and shaming of suspects and witnesses.

However, both acknowledged the anti-graft agency has wide investigation powers that include the power to arrest and seize documents.

Arrest and seizure of items for investigation must be done discreetly, says former AG Abu Talib- Pic from FMT News

Ex-AG Abu Talib Othman said the MACC should act based on reliable information and reports made to them.

“However, any arrest and seizure of items for investigation must be done discreetly,” he told FMT.

Abu Talib, who was AG between 1980 and 1993, said it took time before suspects were prosecuted as the decision was up to the public prosecutor.

“The job of the MACC is to investigate and collect evidence and it is for the public prosecutor or his deputy to decide whether there is sufficient evidence to frame charges,” he said. Read more