Rethinking moderation – Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

MODERATION – the most recent buzz-word. It is really a response to a position seen as extreme. In the Malaysian context it arises with regard to issues of race and religion. Moderation aims for the middle ground between two polarising positions.

Religion3The race-religion acrimony seems to have reached alarming proportions. Sufficient, at any rate, to spawn several initiatives to arrest the slide into discord.

The prime minister sponsored the Group of Moderate Movement Foundation and more recently the Langkawi Declaration on the Global Movement of Moderates at the Asean Summit; the Moderate 25 and their off-shoots spoke up – an unprecedented initiative by eminent leaders of society. Newspapers cry out full-page appeals to moderation. Read more

Rohingya only part of 150,000 migrants in country

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malaysia is host to more than 150,000 migrants who come from as far as Somalia and Iran besides ethnic groups from Myanmar. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Malaysia is host to more than 150,000 migrants who come from as far as Somalia and Iran besides ethnic groups from Myanmar. — Picture by Choo Choy May

PETALING JAYA, June 7 — The plight of Rohingya migrants is well known but Malaysia hosts more than 150,000 migrants who come from as far as Somalia and Iran besides ethnic groups from Myanmar.

There are also Sri Lankans, Pakistanis, Somalis, Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians and Palestinians here.

Malay Mail had an opportunity to meet some of the migrants at the Art for Grabs event at Jaya One held in conjunction with World Refugee Day. Read more

Rohingyas use marriage to stay on

Source: The Star Online

PADANG BESAR: Rohingya men who enter the country illegally will look for Muslim widows in a bid to escape their past and for a better future.

Their criteria of a preferred “life partner” is, elderly widow without children, so that marriage could take place without any hassle and objection. Such marriages are said to be quite common in Perlis, Kedah and Penang.

It is a bonus if the widow has her own property, but the Rohingya men’s main objective is to be granted a permanent resident status and eventually, a citizenship. Read more