Friday, May 19, 2006

Another Moslem dominated country

1. Pressure on Multi-Faith Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, May 16, 2006: Malaysia is considering its multi-cultural credentials after a crowd of Muslims on Sunday broke up a meeting called to defend the rights of religious minorities. The country's leaders condemned the disturbances, but the BBC's Jonathan Kent in Kuala Lumpur says non-Muslims feel increasingly beleaguered. "I'm becoming an alien in Malaysia, in my own country," says Dr. Jacob George. The president of the Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam in Selangor State has been helping to organise efforts to stop the local authorities in the ethnic Malay-Muslim dominated city of Shah Alam from demolishing a 107-year-old Hindu temple. Earlier in April another 19th-Century temple was demolished a few kilometers away in the capital Kuala Lumpur. The authorities said in both cases the temples' founders did not have permission to build them. But the demolitions are surprising because Malaysia has forged for itself a reputation as a successful multicultural society. For the rest of the lengthy analysis, click URL above.


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