Ustaz Wan Ji Wan Husin is a rare religious preacher in Malaysia, working to reach out to people across ethnic and religious lines. But his activities as a progressive religious preacher in a largely conservative system means he’s run up against resistance and state-led repercussions more than once.
Ustaz Wan Ji Wan Husin adalah seorang ustaz yang mempunyai pendekatan yang boleh dikatakan agak unik di Malaysia atas usahanya untuk berdialog dengan semua lapisan masyarakat, termasuk orang bukan Muslim. Tetapi kegiatannya sebagai seorang ustaz yang progresif dalam sistem yang konservatif juga bermakna bahawa beliau sering mendapat tentangan daripada sesetengah pihak dan juga pihak berkuasa.
Over the past decade, Singapore’s LGBT rights rally Pink Dot evolved from fluffy picnic gathering into a protest movement (albeit with Singaporean characteristics). But is this enough to bring change in a country dominated by a political party unwilling to budge?
Pink Dot, Singapore’s annual LGBT rights rally, began in 2009. Aware of sociopolitical concerns, the organisers proceeded carefully. The choices they’ve made highlight the tough balance between pushing boundaries and “living to fight another day”.
The remains of a land rights activist who went missing in 2014 has brought up the issue of torture and enforced disappearances in Thailand. But civil society groups fear little action is being taken on a bill that would recognise enforced disappearance as a criminal offence.
Keterasingan daripada budaya dan bahasa sendiri, benci-diri, dan pandang-rendah terhadap saudara-mara yang kurang berada semua gejala keadaan yang melanda elit Melayu Singapura. Apakah sejarah yang membentuk pola pemikiran ini? Adakah ‘Melayu maju’ benar-benar bebas daripada diskriminasi dan peminggiran? Artikel terbitan Rice Media kelmarin ialah peluang baik untuk kita membedah kondisi lapisan masyarakat Melayu Singapura yang berada.
Negative narratives and stereotypes of Malays in Singapore have been repeatedly reproduced over the years. They've become so entrenched and internalised that more affluent Malays often distance themselves from the "typical Malay". But how do we make sense of the “Malay Excellent”—the model minority who has ostensibly succeeded under Singapore’s much-vaunted meritocratic system?
Paintings depicting Ultraman in poses usually associated with Buddha caused an uproar in Thailand, and the artist eventually forced to apologise. Yet this incident also sheds light on conservative Buddhism in the country, and those pushing back against the belief that something can be so sacred that it is beyond question.
The Duterte administration has accused youth activists and organisations of brainwashing and turning young Filipinos into armed insurgents. But human rights defenders and activist groups say this narrative is just a ploy to justify a wider crackdown on dissent.
TrueLove.Is has been slammed by LGBT activists and their allies for "masking homophobia as holiness", but the experiences of loneliness and isolation that its members have spoken about feeling point to a wider problem in Singapore that's tied up with social stigma and discriminatory policies.
The reporting on the Essex lorry tragedy where 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in the back of a lorry has shown how the narrative of poverty only reinforce prejudices against migrants. So long as migrants continue to be marginalised and criminalised, it's important to be mindful of how little we still understand about the push-and-pull factors of migration.
As concerns over climate change grow in Singapore, many question what one island nation’s actions can possibly change. But as a trading port and financier, its carbon emissions spill far beyond its borders.
Many forest fires in Indonesia—particularly those that contribute to the poisonous haze that drifts across Southeast Asia every year—are exacerbated by the fact that they’re burning on peatlands. For the villagers in the area, a lack of adequate infrastructure means that their struggles continue even after the smoke clears.
Imagine a world without impunity, where everyone is free to exercise their right to freedom of expression and information and able to access, generate and share ideas and information in any way they choose, without fear.