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Malaysia: Growing angst over Malay Muslim rights

Umno and PAS stir unease among Malay community amid changes to policies and personnel by the new government

A headline in daily Sinar Harian earlier this month read: Islam under threat? Its sub-head said: Many quarters are worried about Islam's future when three non-Muslims are appointed to lead legal bodies in the country. They are (from far left) the Att
A headline in daily Sinar Harian earlier this month read: Islam under threat? Its sub-head said: Many quarters are worried about Islam's future when three non-Muslims are appointed to lead legal bodies in the country. They are (from far left) the Attorney-General, the de facto Law Minister and the Chief Justice. PHOTO: TWITTER
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An umbrella group of non-governmental organisations called the Muslim Defenders Movement plans to hold a demonstration on Saturday to protest against what it deems to be efforts by the new government to undermine the interests of the country's Malay Muslim majority.

"Let us come together with others from our religion to express our unhappiness towards several developments which threaten Islam and Malay rights, sons of the soil of our beloved nation," said the conservative NGO on its Facebook page.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2018, with the headline Malaysia: Growing angst over Malay Muslim rights. Subscribe