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Interviews with Activists: Thomas Philips on religious minorities in Malaysia 

Reverend Dr. Thomas Philips of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) explains the difficulties faced by religious minorities in Malaysia. Malaysia’s religious minorities include Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Sikhs, and Christians. For more information contact Jared Ferrie, MRG's Asia Regional Information Officer, via the Contact page....

Interviews with Activists: Daozhang Ng Chek and K Shanmuga on Muslims in Malaysia 

Malaysian minority rights lawyers Daozhang Ng Chek and K Shanmuga explain legal problems faced by Malay Muslims who want to convert to other religions. Malaysia’s religious minorities include Hindus, Buddhists, Taoists, Sikhs, and Christians.  For more information contact Jared Ferrie, MRG's Asia Regional Information Officer, via the Contact page....

Malaysia: Possible crackdown on marginalised Indians 

To: Governments, United Nations, International NGOsUrgent Request to Government of Malaysia on the Crackdown and possible violence by United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) sponsored underworld “3 Line”, Pekida and Extremist Perkasa on Human Rights AdvocatesDear Sir/Madam,I write to you with the utmost urgency for your attention on the above matter.HINDRAF is a Human Rights organisation that advocates the rights of the marginalized Indian community...

Police crackdown on Human Rights defenders in Malaysia 

Hindraf organised a massive Solidarity March Against Racism (UMNO racism) on Sunday 27th February at KLCC. More than 1 million fliers were distributed in this campaign to eliminate and dismantle UMNO’s Institutionalised racism and various road shows were held nationwide to explain to the people how the UMNO government has manipulated, planted and entrenched racism in Malaysia in an elusive way. The Police frustrated...

Minority religious places of worship Malaysia 

Malaysia prides itself on being a multi-cultural Muslim country. Its majority population are Malays in ethnicity who follow the Islamic religion. Some eight percent are Indians and about 40 percent Chinese. These ethnic groups profess different religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism,  and Christianity. The country also has a significant indigenous population known as Orang Asli. While most of these communities live peacefully in Malaysia...

Religious minority activists in Malaysia discuss problems facing their communities 

Malaysia prides itself on being a multi-cultural Muslim country. Its majority population are Malays in ethnicity who follow the Islamic religion. Some eight percent are Indians and about 40 percent Chinese. These ethnic groups profess different religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism,  and Christianity. The country also has a significant indigenous population known as Orang Asli. While most of these communities live peacefully in Malaysia...

Malaysian police raid AIDS fundraiser at a church 

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) unreservedly condemns the unwarranted raid on the premises of the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) on the evening of 3 August 2011. Officers of the Selangor lslamic Religious Department (JAIS) and the police clearly breached the constitutionally guaranteed, and internationally recognised, sanctity of a holy place of worship. They raided...

Malaysia: Indigenous groups contest mega-dams in Sarawak 

Sarawak — a forested Malaysian state on the island of Borneo — is home to 2.5 million people and 40 indigenous groups. The rights of many of these groups are now under threat as three of China’s state-owned companies are helping to build as many as 51 controversial dams in Sarawak. These projects will displace large numbers of indigenous communities who lack the legal...

South East Asia: The campaign against destructive palm oil  

The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in South East Asia is being driven by rising global demand for edible oils and bio-fuels. Thailand and the Philippines have a burgeoning palm oil industry, plantations have been established in Cambodia, and Vietnam is exploring the possibility of cashing in on this crop. Malaysia and Indonesia are the top producers of palm oil in the world,...

Malaysia: The road to Murum dam 

The government-built tarred road to Murum dam is pitted with large potholes: a casualty of overflowing, under-regulated logging trucks. This road begins from the junction leading to Bakun dam, off the old Bintulu-Miri highway in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sarawak. It then merges into a logging road at the turn-off where a large sign beckons with the words, Murum dam. The road...

Malaysia: The story of a famous, yet invisible Bajau man 

The myriad islands off the east coast of the Malaysian state of Sabah in northern Borneo are renowned for their outstanding natural beauty, described in tourism literature as ‘pretty as a picture-postcard’ and ‘a chance to escape from reality’ (Tierney and Tierney, 2009: 129). After an invigorating speedboat ride from the mainland town of Semporna, visitors to Mabul island are greeted by dozens of...



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