» 01/04/2008, 00.00
Taoist statue deemed “offensive” to Islam raises new controversy over religious freedom
After local authorities approved Mazu statue two years ago, state government halts construction of the goddess of the sea. In July state mufti declared the statue was “offensive” because too close to a mosque. Political opposition and Chinese community protest. The incident is the latest in a string of cases that threaten inter-faith harmony.
Malaysia's Islamic fundamentalist party faces ballot box test
By-election in Penglakan could be the beginning of the end of Islamic party 15-year hold on power.
In Kota Kinabalu, Mass in which the deaf can hear the Good News
A group of volunteers provides the service. Songs, readings, the Gospel and homily are available in sign language. Launched 20 years ago, the initiative allows up to 80 hearing-impaired faithful, especially children, to follow the Sunday Mass.
Distribution of Catholic weekly in Sabah stopped to see if it used banned word 'Allah'
Held up at Kota Kinabalu Airport, the Herald's 2,000 copies are eventually released after the intervention of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur and a Catholic politician. In doing this, the Home Ministry prevented the weekly from being distributed for Sunday Mass. Activists criticise the decision as a violation of religious freedom.
The 'Allah' affair: Police interrogates Fr Lawrence, turns evidence over to prosecutor
The Public Prosecutor gets transcript from the priest's police interrogation. As the editor of the Herald, the latter is under investigation for "sedition". He plans to avoid making any statement that might further fuel the controversy. However, the matter has already crossed national boundaries as a US-based imam appeals to the Malaysian government; for him, banning the use of the word 'Allah' by Christians is a "tragic mistake."
Malaysian Supreme Court authorizes Christians to use the word Allah. Government appeals
Minister for Religious Affairs: protecting the name of Allah from "insults and abuse." The website of the weekly Catholic Herald Malaysia attacked by hackers. The Director: guarantee the constitutional rights of freedom of religion and speech.
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