A recent survey caused a stir by revealing how Malaysian Malays rate the importance of religion in their lives. Over 70 per cent of 1,000 Malays surveyed nationwide said they viewed themselves as Muslims first, Malaysians second, and Malays third.
WLUML and the Women's Centre for Change recently organised the International Conference on Mechanisms and Legislation to Promote and Protect Gender Equality, with participants from South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iran and Germany.
Some thoughts and perspectives from Zainah Anwar, Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS). Zainah gives public talks on Islam and women's rights, politics and fundamental liberties, nationally and internationally.
Sometimes it seems that Zainah Anwar — articulate, a little brassy, a presence wherever she goes — single-handedly keeps the flame for women's rights alive in Malaysia, a country that portrays itself as the model of a progressive Muslim society.
The Cabinet told the Federal Territory Religious Department to disband the "snoop team" as it is tantamount to invasion of privacy. With this move, they sent a clear message "forget about it" to other groups that may have plans to set up similar units.