Are You Proud to Be Malaysian?

August 30, 2009 | Published in | 0 comments

I don't often discuss local news headlines because I, like many others, am quite apathetic about the political scene. However, here are some recent headlines that have formed the basis of many conversations:

1) MUSLIM PROTESTORS DECAPITATE COW IN PROTEST OF THE BUILDING OF A TEMPLE: Malaysian lawmakers have condemned a group of Muslim protesters who trampled on a severed cow’s head in protest at the building of a Hindu temple, and remained defiant on Sunday over the act. In the latest religious dispute to erupt in multi-cultural Malaysia, local media said 50 Muslims on Friday took the head of the cow — a sacred animal for Hindus — to the central Selangor state government office and stamped on it.

2) MODEL SENTENCED TO CANING FOR DRINKING ALCOHOL: The case of Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno has riveted Malaysia in recent weeks after she was sentenced to six strokes of the cane for consuming alcohol in public at a hotel bar in Pahang, the home state of Najib Razak, the country’s urbane prime minister. It is the first time that such a punishment has been ordered for a woman in Malaysia for any offence.

And filed under "Oddly Enough" in Reuters:

3) NO MUSLIMS AT BLACK EYED PEAS GIG: Muslims in Malaysia have been barred from attending a concert by U.S. hip hop band the Black Eyed Peas sponsored by Guinness which is owned by the world's biggest spirits group Diageo. The move comes after a Malaysian Islamic court sentenced a 32-year Muslim woman to be caned after she was caught drinking beer in a hotel and at a time when an opposition Islamic party has moved against beer sale

(All obtained from different news sources)

1Malaysia or Malaysia really like that 1?

Happy Merdeka Day.

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