Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Mere Details

I remember shortly after 9/11, when hopelessly naive and ill-informed articles were rushed into the newsmagazines about our new muslim friends, in order to quash the much-feared "backlash."

In at least two places I actually saw it reported that Malaysia is where they "put the 'fun' in 'fundamentalism'!" as they portrayed muslim malay teenagers as hip and sophisticated, and their culture worthy of respect.

Here is reality in Malaysia, from CNN, as found in a comment at LGF:

Swapped Malay baby: I'm not Muslim

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- An ethnic Chinese Malaysian mistakenly given by doctors to a Malay Muslim couple at birth nearly three decades ago is bracing for a possible legal battle so he can renounce Islam, an action that can be considered a crime in parts of Malaysia. [Not to mention that he may get murdered]

Zulhaidi Omar, 29, who now goes by the name Eddie to his family and friends, said he discovered his true identity by chance and met his biological parents in 1998 after years of being teased about his Chinese features.

Zulhaidi, a sales executive raised in an ethnic Malay Muslim family, said he was revealing his story only now because he wants to take a Chinese name and change his religion to Buddhism. About 20 percent of the Malaysian population is Buddhist.

He declined to comment further, citing sensitivities concerning religion in this predominantly Muslim nation. The constitution does not allow Muslims to renounce their religion, and doing so is considered apostasy and punishable by jail in several states, though not in Johor.

Michael Tay, a politician with the Malaysian Chinese Association who is helping Zulhaidi, said he was negotiating with Johor state authorities to grant Zulhaidi's request.

"The academic question is whether he can return to his Chinese identity," Tay told the AP. "I have told (Zulhaidi) it could be an uphill battle, but he still wants it," Tay said.

It is not clear how long a resolution might take and the case could eventually be handed to the Islamic Shariah court, which presides over religious issues involving Muslims, Tay said.

State religious officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
They were too busy sharpening their machetes.


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