Tag: Zainah Anwar

Wanted: A new national narrative

IN my agama school in Johor Baru in the 1960s, I learnt about Iblis (Satan) who refused to bow down with the other angels before the first human (Adam) that God crea­ted. When God asked why, Iblis said, “I am better than him; You created me from fire and you created him from dirt.” For his contempt and…

Don’t take the easy way out

THE Deputy Minister of Law says the government has no plans to criminalise marital rape. A Perak exco member wants to amend the Islamic Family Law to make polygamy even easier for Muslim men. Women are being caned in Terengganu under a law that turns “sins” into crimes against the state. Our leaders tie themselves…

A formidable, but doable, challenge

THERE was the Islam of PAS that wanted to create an Islamic state with the Quran and the Hadith as the Constitution of the country. There was the Islamisation of Dr Mahathir Mohamed to introduce universal Islamic values of honesty and hard work as the basis of governance. Only for the policy to be hijacked…

It’s time for tough love

THIS time last year, I wrote about my longing for a better Malaysia, and how my utter belief that this was possible would always triumph over my many moments of despair. There was just too much good in this country for us to ever give up hope. And this year, as we celebrate our 61st…

Doing Right by Women

The gasps were audible. The cringing moments were painful. The visible displays of shock, disbelief and exasperation were worthy of Academy Awards. Whether you looked to the front, back, left or right, it was clear that everyone, from the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw) Committee experts to the…

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