Among the crop of Malaysian Cabinet ministers sworn in yesterday was de facto Islamic Affairs Minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa, an Islamic scholar who has found himself at the centre of a raging debate between conservative Muslims and so-called liberal Muslims on the country's religious compass.
Conservative Muslims are worried that the new government, in which the Chinese-dominated Democratic Action Party (DAP) has a key role, will dilute Malay and Islamic rights, and weaken the role of the powerful Islamic agencies, including the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
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