Recent religious incidents

Recent religious incidents

Surau row

Malaysia revoked the permanent- resident status of Singaporean Syed Ahmed Alkaff after the resort manager allowed a surau (Muslim prayer hall) at his Johor resort to be used by Buddhists from Singapore.

The surau at the Tanjung Sutera Resort was demolished on Aug 28, The New Straits Times reported.


Canine flap

Ms Maznah Mohd Yusof, a dog trainer, was arrested after a video of her washing her dogs and feeding them cookies went viral.

The Hari Raya greeting video was criticised by netizens and deemed blasphemous by the authorities.

Ramadan greeting

Sex bloggers Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee were charged with mocking Muslims and the holy month of Ramadan after they posted a Ramadan greeting alongside a photo of them eating bak kut teh (pork rib soup) on Facebook.

Flurry of fatwas

A number of fatwas or religious edicts were resurrected or introduced this year, including one banning Muslim girls from taking part in beauty contests, one declaring Shi'ite Islam deviant, and one banning the smoking of shisha.

Four Muslim Malay girls were disqualified from the Miss Malaysia World 2013 contest for violating a 1996 fatwa. Many fatwas, such as that on shisha smoking, remain advisory, but fatwas gazetted by state governments have the force of law.

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