Monday, 11 April 2011

Kuala Lumpur Loves a Never Ending Story: Bibles stamped 'Christian Publication' in Malaysia

By Agence France-Presse, Updated: 4/10/2011

Bibles stamped 'Christian Publication' in Malaysia

Thousands of Malay-language bibles impounded over their use of the word "Allah" are to be stamped "Christian Publication" in a bid to end a row with Muslims, the government said Sunday.

More than 35,000 bibles have been confiscated in the past two years after objections from Islamic leaders that Allah should not be used by non-Muslims.

The holy books were later offered for release but most of them had already been stamped with serial numbers, government seals and the words "For Christians Only", an act that Christians said amounted to "desecration".

Idris Jala, a minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said that under a new deal with Christians, bibles headed for Sabah and Sarawak state on Borneo island, which are majority Christian, would be returned without any form of official marking and those already marked would have the stamping revoked.

However, the 5,100 holy books imported by The Bible Society of Malaysia for use on the mainland, will now be re-stamped with the phrase "Christian Publication" and the symbol of the Cross, overwriting the earlier markings.

The society accepted the deal, saying "it deeply appreciated" the government plan.

The holy books were seized by customs officials after the government said the use of "Allah" as a translation for "God" in the Malay-language could encourage conversion, which is illegal for the country's Muslims.

The "Allah" row is one of a string of religious disputes that have erupted in recent years, straining relations between majority Malays and minorities who fear the country is being "Islamised".

Malaysia's Christians, who make up nine percent of the population and many from indigenous groups in Borneo who speak the national language Malay, say they have used the word without incident for centuries.

Source: MSN News

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Men have affairs as wives 'neglect' duty: Malaysian MP's Assumption, Projection or Personal Confession?

By Agence France-Presse, Updated: 4/7/2011

Men have affairs as wives 'neglect' duty: Malaysian MP

Malaysian men have extramarital sex because of "wives who neglect their responsibilities" to their husbands, a Malaysian lawmaker told parliament on Thursday, outraging women's groups.

Men have affairs as wives 'neglect' duty: Malaysian MP
"Husbands driving home after work see things that are sexually arousing and go to their wives to ease their urges," said independent lawmaker Ibrahim Ali, according to online portal Malaysiakini.

"But when they come home to their wives, they will say, 'wait, I'm cooking,' or 'wait, I'm getting ready to visit relatives'," Ibrahim said.

"In Islam, wives are supposed to stop everything to fulfill their husband's demands."

Ali heads Perkasa, a right-wing Malay nationalist group seeking to protect ethnic Malay dominance in politics.

His strident comments came as he asked about plans by the government's religious development department to educate wives on their responsibilities.

Wives failing in their duties pushed men to go to "private places to satisfy their urges", he said.

An aide to the lawmaker confirmed the remarks but declined further comment.

His comments prompted fury among women's groups in a nation with a growing sex industry and a problem with human trafficking.

Women's Aid Organisation chief Ivy Josiah said Ibrahim's comments were unacceptable for a parliamentarian.

"I am appalled as he equates women to being a sex toy and what is worse is that he uses religion to try and justify his position," she told AFP.

"The comments not only show that Ibrahim Ali is a Malay supremacist but a male supremacist as well."

Rights group Tenaganita, who monitor issues of human trafficking and abuse, said such sentiments were one of the causes of human trafficking in the country.

"Because people like Ibrahim Ali believe it is their right to get sex anytime from their wives, or otherwise seek it from elsewhere, that's why you have a growing sex industry and we see such human trafficking cases," senior coordinator Aegile fernandez told AFP.

Last March, the government launched a national plan against human trafficking as the country moves to quash its image as a transit point for traffickers.

With one of Asia's largest populations of foreign labour, Malaysia relies on illegal and legal migrants to work as domestic servants, in plantations, factories and to service the local sex industry.

Malaysian lawmakers also clashed with women's groups last month after a government parliamentarian claimed women were "slow" at the wheel and "oblivious" on the roads.

Source: MSN News

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