No room for religious policing here, say more Malaysians in support of Malay rulers

Source: The Malaysian Insight

THE concerns raised by the Malay rulers on the country’s unity and harmony are timely as there is no place for religious policing in a multicultural society, influential leaders and civil society groups said.

They were responding to the statement issued by the Malay rulers yesterday, who endorsed the Johor Sultan and Perlis Raja Muda’s decision to forbid Muslim-only launderettes in their respective states.

The rulers also expressed their concerns that recent actions in the name of Islam threatened the harmony and unity of Malaysia’s multicultural people. Read more

Malaysian woman stands up against religious policing during Ramadan

Source: Asian Correspondent

Women in hijabs queue for food on the street in Kuala Lumpur. Pic: Peter Rowley / Flickr

A LOCAL activist has taken a stance against “moral and religious policing of Muslims in Malaysia, especially Muslim women”, sharing her own personal experience of not being allowed to eat in public during the month of Ramadan.

Over the weekend, “Mrym Lee” (as she is known on Facebook and Twitter), who wears a hijab, was subjected to rude behavior when she went to a restaurant at a shopping center in Kuala Lumpur in the daytime.

The manager of the restaurant, as well as various passersby, harangued her, with some claiming that she was “damaging the image of Islam” and “disrespecting those who were fasting”.

In a Facebook post, which has since been deleted, Mrym explained that she made a conscious effort for this year’s observance of Ramadan to protest against societal expectations by eating and drinking in public when she could not fast.

Screenshot via Twitter.

Screenshot via Twitter. Read more