Dossier September 2013

Christians and other religions

The variety of ethnic groups, cultures, and religions in Malaysia is a distinctive element of the country and a reason for pride. In everyday life, cohabitation, as we have seen, is far from harmonious and is often politically exploited. Islam, practiced by 61.3 per cent of Malaysians, was declared the official state religion. This caused…

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“What future?”

According to many observers, last May’s election result “alerted” the political system. This could bring long-term benefits. Development will continue under the influence of the younger generations who believe that the racial policy should end in favour of common progress and peaceful coexistence. Analysts also underline that, rather than criticizing the Chinese community for having…

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The political game

Undoubtedly, the government system needs change. The opposition’s threat is real, and deep dissatisfaction with traditional policies is spreading. The 1999 elections, interpreted as a referendum for or against Mahathir’s controversial leadership, were unexpectedly a success for the Alternative Front, which doubled its seats – winning the majority in parliament in two states of the…

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Malaysia – The variety of uncertainty

Despite its centrality in the history of trade and conflicts in South East Asia, Malaysia is seldom the subject of international media coverage. It is even less present in news reports, not for lack of importance, but because it is a stable country, with a strong and steady economy, no internal conflicts, nor tensions with…

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Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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