Malaysian bishops: ‘We need leaders who truly care for the people’

Malaysian bishops: ‘We need leaders who truly care for the people’
For the first time in six decades, several high-profile Malaysian church leaders have publicly called for a change of government. On 24 April the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia issued a pastoral letter, saying: “We need to choose leaders who truly care for the rakyat [people], promote justice and equality, stand . . . Read More

Malaysia’s reputation as moderate Muslim nation hangs by a thread

Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia is seen by most Western countries as one of the moderate Muslim nations, an ally to be cultivated and befriended in the battle against militant Islam. The country’s Prime Minister, Najib Razak, was among one of the leaders to visit US President Donald Trump in his first year of . . . Read More

Malaysia’s ‘Allah’ impasse

Malaysia’s ‘Allah’ impasse
“God, what is your religion?” This cryptic question, spotted on a T-shirt at a packed public meeting on religious freedom in the Malaysian city of Petaling Jaya last week, sums up the enormity of Malaysia’s ‘Allah’ controversy. The wearer was a Malay Muslim woman, according to The Malaysian Insider, demonstrating . . . Read More

Malaysians dispute election result

Protestors lined the streets in Malaysia yesterday to rally against perceived vote rigging in Sunday’s election, through which Najib Razak’s Barisan Nasional (BN) ruling coalition retained power. BN won 133 of the 222 parliamentary seats on Sunday, which represented the coalition’s worst result in its 56-year tenure since independence.

Threat to burn Bibles in wake of Sultan’s ban on word ‘Allah’

Threat to burn Bibles in wake of Sultan’s ban on word ‘Allah’
A threat this week to burn Bibles in the Malay language is the latest in a series of attacks on the Christian faith in Malaysia. A note sent to a Christian priest in Butterworth on Tuesday, 22nd January 2013 said a Bible-burning pesta or festival would take place in the . . . Read More