Malaysia TV station axes Muslim ad because of Christmas overtones

By Reuters Staff
September 6, 2010

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(Photo: Screengrab from TV3 commercial on YouTube)

A Malaysian television station has axed a commercial for an important Muslim holiday after viewers complained that it looked more like a promotion for Christmas. State-linked TV3 aired the commercial earlier this month to wish the country’s dominant ethnic Malay-Muslims a joyous Eid al-Fitr, which is likely to fall on Friday and marks the end of a month-long Ramadan fast.

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Religious Imam, reality TV star and dream son-in-law?

August 31, 2010

When a friend told me about the "Young Imam" reality TV show, I thought it must be just another 'preaching and nagging' religious program.

VIDEO: Roundup of Ramadan starting in Turkey, Asia, Afghanistan

By Reuters Staff
August 13, 2010

Below is a Reuters video roundup of the start of Ramadan in Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Afghanistan:

Malaysia fines Muslims for brandishing cow’s head in Hindu temple protest

July 29, 2010

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A Malaysian court has sentenced a Muslim to a week in jail and fined 11 others for a brandishing a cow’s head during a protest against the construction of a Hindu temple.

Malaysia court hears landmark dispute on religious conversion

May 4, 2010
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Kuala Lumpur, August 25, 2009/Bazuki Muhammad

Malaysia’s highest court has begun proceedings on a landmark inter-religious child custody dispute whose outcome could further raise political tension in this mainly Muslim country.  The Federal Court heard objections by lawyers for an ethnic Indian couple fighting each other for custody of their two children and adjourned for two weeks before hearing the case.

Malaysia plans interfaith committee as tension rises

By Reuters Staff
April 7, 2010
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Burn marks on the wall of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2010, one of several struck in a row over the use of the word "Allah"/Bazuki Muhammad

Race and religion pose risks in Malaysian politics

March 1, 2010
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Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) leaves Friday prayers at Putra Mosque in Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur July 10, 2009/Bazuki Muhammad

Malaysia getting bruised over caning women

February 25, 2010
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A Malaysian demonstrator in Kuala Lumpur during a protest in January against Christan use of the word Allah for God, 8 Jan 2010/Bazuki Muhammad)

Malaysia canes women for having sex out of wedlock

By Reuters Staff
February 18, 2010
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Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, due to be caned for drinking beer, 24 Aug 2009/Zainal Abd Halim

Singapore raps evangelical pastor for ridiculing Buddhists, Taoists

By Reuters Staff
February 10, 2010
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Lighthouse Evangelism church in Singapore, 11 Sept 2005/Slivester

Singapore has warned an evangelical Christian pastor that his online videos are offensive to Buddhists and Taoists, underlining the city-state’s concerns that religion is a potential faultline for its multicultural society.