The growing pains of political transition after a general election is a common occurrence in many societies. Malaysia is no exception. A year after the overthrow of the Barisan Nasional (BN), the more “democratic” coalition of Pakatan Harapan (PH) is not without its harsh critiques. There are rising tensions due to PH’s capitulation to far-right Malay/Muslim sentiments.Read More >
Interfaith relations are perhaps one of the most visible barometers one could use to assess a country’s state of social harmony.This is because of the difficulty entailed in administering a country where individuals who have different religious beliefs literally live side by side. With a population comprising 68.6% bumiputras, 23.4% Chinese and 8% of other ethnic groups, Malaysia is one such country.Read More >
Switching on the television and catching a glimpse of the news might make some people be sceptical of humanity. However, from time to time, the human race reminds us how it is like to be united. Earlier this June, the story of twelve schoolboys and their football coach from Thailand’s rural north caught the attention of the whole world. Millions were glued to their screens as the world went on an emotional rollercoaster ride. Everyone waited for developments of the boys, hoping for good news to be shared.Read More >
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE INCIDENT: WHAT WE KNOW
On 11 August 2017, violent clashes took place in the university town of Charlottesville, in the state of Virginia in the United States. The parties involved were the white supremacists, who had planned a “Unite the Right” rally to protest the proposed removal of Confederate icon, General Robert E. Lee, and counterprotestors, who resisted the rally.
Debates on the encroachment of religion into the public sphere were recently reinvigorated in France, when images of a Muslim woman on a French beach forced to remove part of her attire were plastered over the Internet and mainstream media. Several French coastal towns then moved to ban the “burqini”, a type of swimming attire favoured by Muslim women which covers the female form and hair.Read More >