Malaysia sparks anger with ban on moderate Islam book

KUALA LUMPUR: Activists and authors in Muslim-majority Malaysia reacted with outrage Tuesday after authorities banned a book aimed at promoting moderate Islam, as concerns mount about growing conservatism. The book, “Breaking The Silence: Voices Of Moderation — Islam In A Constitutional Democracy“, is a collection of essays whose publication was organised by a group of…

Malaysia deports Bangladeshi human rights activist

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said it had deported a prominent Bangladesh activist Thursday, with civil groups describing the government treatment of him as “harassment” against human rights defenders. Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary of the rights group Odhikar, was found to be “listed among the individuals banned from entering (Malaysia)” after arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport…

Sex crimes court in session

PUTRAJAYA: The special court for child sexual crimes has convened for the first time and five cases were brought before it. Four were for rape while the fifth was an outrage of decency case. Sessions Court judge Yong Zarida Sazali is presiding in the special court which was launched on June 22 by the Prime…