24 February 2014

Rising Islamic conservatism in Malaysia

Former premier Mahathir Mohamad believes that Islam is under siege in Malaysia. He is not alone.

With religion fast becoming the most contentious source of disputes in Malaysia, this perception has given rise to a host of conservative Islamic groups becoming more vocal.

At the root of their grievances is their belief that non-Muslims and "liberal" Muslims are attacking the dominance of Islam in Malaysia, and Malays in general.

For them, the "Allah" issue - where Christians want to use "Allah" to refer to their God - is simply the last straw. [The Straits Times/ANN] Read more