100 days under Pakatan: Malay, Islamic issues still dominate politics

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(From left) Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Fuziah Salleh; Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religion); and transgender Nisha Ayub at Jakim on Aug 10.
(From left) Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Fuziah Salleh; Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religion); and transgender Nisha Ayub at Jakim on Aug 10.PHOTO: BERNAMA

Malaysia's de facto Islamic affairs minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa last week held a historic event at conservative Islamic agency Jakim.

He met, held a news conference and shook hands in front of the media with Ms Nisha Ayub, a transgender Muslim. This was the first time that anybody could remember a Malaysian Islamic affairs minister openly meeting a transgender person, let alone speaking to the press together with one afterwards.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 18, 2018, with the headline 'Malay, Islamic issues still dominate politics'. Subscribe