Malay Muslims need to speak up against extremism

Gan Pei Ling

Social activist Marina Mahathir speaking at a forum in Nottingham University Malaysia today. She says Malay Muslims are living in a culture of fear but must speak up to stop rising extremism. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Najjua Zulkefli, October 22, 2017.

MORE Malay Muslims must speak out against religious extremism and curtails on intellectual freedom, say panelists at a forum on reason and faith in society today.

Citing the ongoing debate over the Muslim-only launderette as an example, social activist Marina Mahathir said it would have been akin to the beginning of apartheid.

Effective July 2018, access to full reports will only be available with a subscription. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

Subscribe Now!

Sign up or sign in here to comment.


  • Tariq Ismail is right Hadi's PAS ideas does not benefit the people. Hadi Awang and his co Horts including those in UMNO are simply racist and religo-bigot, still harmless but one short fu

    Posted 4 years ago by Bigjoe Lam

  • “When the Prophet said something, his followers would ask: Is that a revelation or your opinion? If it’s your opinion, we can discuss it. Islam values shura (mutual consultation),”

    Today, Muslims in Malaysia are required to follow what the "religious" authorities/personalities instruct them to follow or do. As someone said, they are expected to be "pak turuts". Questioning them is made out to be akin to questioning God. Like what was said by a Federal Minister in Sabah a few months ago - not to believe PM Najib is not to believe God!!

    Posted 4 years ago by Ravinder Singh

  • How we hope the most prominent Muslim, our PM, will also speak up and be the first to speak up.

    Posted 4 years ago by Tanahair Ku

  • I am a Malay Muslim, and every single day i see in the news: Malay, Islam, Malay, Islam, Malay, Islam, Malay, Islam, Malay, Islam. It’s so boring. I’ve stopped caring, because what I say won’t make a difference. Malays have become radicalised. I’m sorry.

    Posted 4 years ago by Orang Biasa