Malaysians warned not to question Islam

October 17, 2008

Racial and religious tensions have increased in the past year as minorities have become more vocal in their complaints about an affirmative action program that they say unfairly favors Malays. They also complain that their religious rights are being ignored.

In an unprecedented comment on current affairs, the sultans of nine states did not directly accuse the Chinese and Indian minorities of stoking anti-Malay feelings, but said recent statements and forums “held by certain quarters” had “caused provocation and uneasiness among the people.”  >>>>>


James Bamford: The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

October 15, 2008

The NSA had been tapping and eavesdropping on all calls made from that Yemen phone for years. So NSA recorded all of these phone calls. Indeed, the CIA knew as far back as 1999 that al-Mihdhar was coming to the U.S. Specifically, in 1999, CIA operatives tailing al-Mihdhar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, obtained a copy of his passport. It contained visas for both Malaysia and the U.S., so they knew it was likely he would go from Kuala Lumpur to America.  >>>>>

Hope for better Muslim-US ties

October 13, 2008

Abdullah said he believed that to effectively narrow the divide between the Muslim world and the United States or the West, both sides must work hard to nourish the strengths that united them.  “We need to focus on the many principles that we share, and the numerous interests that are common,” he said.  >>>>>

Muslim food industry in China vows to ensure food safety

October 11, 2008

“The recent Sanlu baby milk powder safety incident severely endangered consumer’s health and damaged the international image of Chinese food businesses,” Wang Zhanhe, general manager of the restaurant chain, Little Sheep Group Ltd., said while reading out the Chinese Muslim Food Industry Declaration on Quality and Credibility on behalf of manufacturers at the fair.

“We will strictly abide by the laws and regulations of China and other countries in the world, implement the halal standard, and create a safe and reliable halal food market,” the declaration said. >>>>>

Malaysian PM to leave in March

October 9, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 9 (UPI) — Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, under political pressure since his ruling party’s poor election showing, says he will step down next March.  >>>>>

Malaysia blogger goes on trial

October 6, 2008

He was arrested last month after allegedly publishing articles that the government said insulted Islam, inflamed racial tensions and tarnished the country’s leadership.

Critics have called for the ISA to be scrapped, saying a law that was introduced when communist fighters threatened national security is now being used to suppress legitimate political opposition.  >>>>>

If this article is correct; then a just Islamic society would do well to abolish an unjust colonial law.  Also, If correct, then a nation that espouses Islam cannot, or should not, impose anti-Islamic laws.  In actuality, an argument for minor shirk (blasphemy) in the sense that it is not Islam, but rather a government official that is being attacked by what is said in his blog can be attributed if there is a direct association to being anti-Islamic and defaming a leader of the government.  If both are the case, at least make the official charge, bring forth the evidence and seek true justice.  Otherwise, show true Islamic nature.  However, the first line of the article states that he is going on trial for sedition.  Therefore, the other statements seem to be moot.  Either way, Malaysia has an opportunity to show the world an example of sound jurisprudence in the form of a pro-Islamic forum.  God-willing, may the display of true justice ring out as far from all sides – and let truth and proper jurisprudence resonate with righteousness.

Malaysian Islamic insurer eyes overseas market

October 2, 2008

Under Islamic insurance, members contribute to a pool of funds which is used to indemnify participants who suffer a loss.

The funds are invested according to the sharia which avoids interest-bearing loans and gambling, pork and alcohol-related activities. Profits made are distributed among members.  >>>>>