A deep resentment among community members has been created by such affirmative policies and it looks more racist and discriminatory than anything else.
I will always celebrate Chinese New Year with vigour. I feel it is my responsibility to show to Malaysian society the true meaning of multiculturalism and respect.
Malays are, though indirectly and inadvertently, dictating the kind of environment in which the rest of society should be living in.
In Malaysia, where religious and racial friction is commonplace, cultivating social cohesion remains a great challenge.
Maybe all of us have been conditioned to think that English is the global language. But what if it isn’t?
Those who can’t quite make the cut in more technical fields, whether due to financial constraints or a knowledge gap, will then be pushed to do other things, like religious studies.
How would Jakim plan to spend next year’s budget allocation – it’s not like they’ve been contributing a whole lot to developments in religion, or even to society as a whole.
“If I were in a church and heard the word ‘Allah’ being used, I would probably feel very uncomfortable and disoriented.”
Do you think we could see a situation where the Malays would willingly and generously contribute towards the building of a church, temple or shrine?
This is the problem with the Malays in Malaysia. They think they are doing great but in actual fact, without help, they can’t do anything.
Hijabsta Ballet is proof that Malaysian Muslims do not want to understand the religion of Islam by discouraging intellectual discourse.