Islamisation will tear Malaysia apart, says Marina Mahathir

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Illusions of Democracy contains a series of essays on democracy in Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Seth Akmal, January 18, 2018.

MALAYSIA is on a slippery slope if the nation carries on with its Islamisation agenda, which will not only divide society, but also promote violence, said Marina Mahathir.

Citing a recent example of a man slapping a Muslim woman for not wearing a headscarf in public, the socio-political activist said Islamisation is not going to be positive or healthy for the nation.

“What could possibly have given the man the idea that he is entitled to harangue and slap a Muslim woman for not wearing a tudung as happened recently in Penang,” she said at a book launch at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall last night.

The footage of a man slapping a woman for allegedly not wearing a headscarf some two weeks ago went viral on social media.

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Southeast Asia will see upsurge in terrorism violence this year, UN reps warn

Source: Asian Correspondent

WITHOUT effective collaboration among ASEAN partners, terrorism in Southeast Asia will continue to thrive this year as foreign fighters now in the Middle East return to home soil to continue their campaign.

The warning by two United Nations representatives came following observations of the rise of terrorism activity in the region last year, in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand.

The duo – Jeremy Douglas, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Southeast Asia representative, and Joseph Gyte, UNODC Counter-terrorism consultant for the region – noting in an article on Bangkok Post that Daesh, or the Islamic State (IS) terror network, has in recent months shown great interest in the region.

They cited the uptick in terrorism activity in ASEAN nations last year as an example, pointing out that in Indonesia, the arrests and deaths of terrorist suspects had more than doubled to 170, while Malaysia experienced a steady stream of travel attempts of foreign fighters to Syria or Iraq and saw its first terror attack in June. Read more

More pro-Islamic State websites blocked

Source: FMT News

An additional 25 websites and 50 URL links banned by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. Pic taken form FMT News.

An additional 25 websites and 50 URL links banned by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission. Pic taken form FMT News.

SUNGEI PETANI: The government has been stepping up its efforts to block websites that are involved in the propagation of Islamic State (IS) ideology.

Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Jailani Jailani said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had blocked 36 websites that promoted IS ideology in Malay, English and Bahasa Indonesia

He said 72 URL links and 12 social media accounts were removed for promoting IS related ideology.

Johari told this to reporters after opening the Current Issue Forum: Threat by Islamic State at Dewan Majlis Perbandaran Sungai Petani, here yesterday

“We are aware that the Islamic State group are experts in using new social media to propagate their IS ideology. They gain support and assistance or recruit new members by twisting facts from the Quran. Read more