Malaysia To Chop Off Hands?

Malaysia To Chop Off Hands?Malaysia appears dangerously close to instituting seventh-century religious law that would require amputation of hands or feet for theft, beheading or stoning for adultery and other crimes, and flogging for drinking or other offenses. The issue of Islamic punishment has been kicking around for years, with little effect. But Hadi Awang, the head of Parti…

MH370’s Spirit Doctor

MH370’s Spirit DoctorThe visit of 'Raja Bomoh Sedunia' to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) last week to assist in the search for the missing flight MH370, wielding coconuts and binoculars fashioned from bamboo, caused sniggers by many Malaysians and was ridiculed by the Chinese. The flying carpet and coconut saga played out by the bomohs (shamans) has…

Malaysian Plane Mystery Trumps Politics

Malaysian Plane Mystery Trumps PoliticsThe shock of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 seems to have brought a sort of temporary unity to Malaysia, pushing divisive political news and conflict off the radar, at least temporarily. “This crash has stunned the nation and put politics on hold,” said an ethnic Malay political observer. “There seems to be a sense of anger…

Malaysia: Nation of Strangers

Malaysia: Nation of StrangersThis is the excerpted text of an address given by Malaysia’s former finance minister recently to a breakfast meeting at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center organized by Paddy Schubert Sdn Bhd As you are aware, our nation became free from the fetters of colonial domination about five and a half decades ago. Sadly and strangely, after 55…
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