Intellectual freedom under siege as another forum is blocked

Sheridan Mahavera

Islamic Renaissance Front founder Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa is looking for an alternative venue for a forum on Islam, after the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur backed out of hosting the event. – The Malaysian Insight pic, November 16, 2017.

IS intellectual freedom shrinking in Malaysia, a country that prides itself on being a modern Muslim state that practises a moderate form of Islam?

Local academics are claiming this as a venue owner pulled out from hosting a forum on Islam in Kuala Lumpur after pressure from religious authorities.

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  • It is no more a religion but a cult when you inculcate the fear of man rather than God.

    Posted 5 years ago by Xuz ZG

  • Fact of the matter is the Malays at large do not want a Middle East led inspired Islam - whether by Iran or Wahhabism. They have already rejected it in fact, but their religo establishment, educated in the Middle East, empowered by it, chose to lead them the same way because it empowers them and those in power.

    Fact of the matter is the Malays not only in their hearts, do not want a Middle East inspired Islam, they CANNOT HAVE THEM. The Malay political leadership have TOO MUCH EXPERIENCE WITH ABUSE OF POWER AND CORRUPTION to have a religo-politics that is as unaccountable as that modeled in the Middle East. The Malays need a MORE ACCOUNTABLE political and religo institutions for their because of their own poor history of accountability of their leadership.

    Its time for the Malays to tell the Middle East Islam to get lost. They will read the Quran and decide everything on their own. That is their real Islamic Malay liberation.

    Posted 5 years ago by Bigjoe Lam

  • Not many people know that Islam is against freedom of speech, among others. Freedom of speech will be the death of Islam.

    Posted 5 years ago by Joe Fernandez

  • Then Johor may be the place to have it, or up north in Penang. Imprisoning the minds is worse than imprisoning the bodies. But imprisoning the minds has been made so much easier than imprisoning the bodies!

    Posted 5 years ago by Ravinder Singh