Ethnic and inter-religious relations

Launch of Parti Amanah Negara at IDCC, Shah Alam, 16 September 2015
Inaugural office bearers of Parti Amanah Negara
Inaugural office bearers of Parti Amanah Negara

Malaysia Day eve – Zunar does us proud by becoming the first full-time cartoonist to win the International Press Freedom award by the Committee to Protect Journalists. At the same time, it is an indictment on the state of media freedom in Malaysia.

Malaysia Day:

9am – 1pm – Launch of Parti Amanah Negara at the Ideal Convention Centre (IDCC), Section 15, Shah Alam expected to be attended by 2,000 people.

Maaf zahir dan batin to all readers.

Zahir refers to the outer, material or physical or what is apparent whereas batin refers to the inner, spiritual or what is not so apparent. So “maaf zahir dan batin” refers to seeking forgiveness for both these kinds of transgressions. After all these years, I only learned that from a Muslim friend yesterday.

May the peace, goodwill, compassion, love, justice, unity and the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation among us this Raya prevail over those promoting hatred, illwill and divisiveness.

For your reading pleasure this weekend, check out these two articles:

Ramadhan reflections on 1MDB, sarongs and the Low Yat brawl by Zaharom Nain, published by Aliran.

In Malaysian politics, keep calm and amok on! by Sophie Lemiere, originally published by New Mandala. This piece discusses Pekida among other things.

The following statement was released with the launch of Harapan Baru at a hotel in KL yesterday. What do you think? Does it really bring about new hope? I believe this new entity/movement provides a platform for a more enlightened, inclusive and progressive alternative to Pas’ increasingly conservative approach to Islam and its bewildering rapprochement with Umno. That can’t be a bad thing for the country; in fact, it is a movement whose time has come.

I am disappointed at how a phone theft was manipulated by certain groups to turn it into an incident with racial overtones, which then allowed some to try and take the law into their own hands.

Look at this guy, for instance:

But I believe most Malaysians are sensible and mature enough not to be swayed or diverted from the real issues facing the nation.