Aiseyman! Closeted ex-Muslim share her testimony of leaving Islam


I was born into a very religious Singaporean Muslim family, with my parents being extremely devout. They even went for pilgrimage just this year. In addition, my father is a bomoh (Muslim medium) and would conduct rites with the power of Allah (he claims). I actually realized that I found Islam to be an extremely troublesome religion really early on,

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“I’m Malay but that doesn’t automatically mean that I’m also a Muslim”

Malay community

The problem living in Singapore as a Malay is that people assume that you’re a Muslim. And language like this continues to promote the idea that if you’re Malay you’re Muslim. Anti Muslim bigotry, while I’ve never faced it here because I’ve not been a Muslim for 16 years and from what I’ve seen those who cry the loudest about

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Aiseyman! Sometimes we Malays should stop being so oversensitive lah!


During the Xmas weekend, thought of catching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and do a little movie review, as part of my ongoing aspiration to be an cinematic critique. Then Sani Sarip happened. Bro Sani Sarip gained his five minutes of fame over the long xmas weekend recently, not over his movie review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but

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Aiseyman! Why doesn’t anyone talk about racism within the gay community?


There is an elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about, and that is the sad truth that even within the LGBT community, minorities are discriminated against. Growing up as a gay Malay Singaporean was very hard. Not only did I have to battle my own inner frustrations, I also had to deal with societal, ethnic and

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Open letter to moderate Muslims about dealing with Islamic terrorism


Dear Moderate Muslims, About ISIS and Islamism. You don’t have to speak out against them, it’s fine. You can choose to remain silent, that is after all a part of free speech. You don’t have to mourn for the dead in Paris. You don’t have to join us and condemn Islamic Terrorists. You don’t have to join us in the

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Struggles of an agnostic Malay-Chinese man


“I like reading this page for the many different yet familiar reactions to race that I’ve seen and encountered as well. Being a mixed Malay-Chinese (mostly Malay but I look Chinese), I have had to deal with my fair share of random strangers speaking to me in a Chinese dialect and having to smile tightly, look confused (although this has

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Aiseyman! Murtads should not let Muslims dictate how others view them!


Okay… For the first day of ?#?murtadappreciationweek?… I’m gonna talk about the term “Murtad”… and its unique application in Malaysia… and to some extent, Singapore… As some of you might know… Murtad is Arabic for an apostate… In Islam, a murtad is a Muslim who has consciously abandoned Islam in word or through deed. It includes the act of converting

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Aiseyman! We are all racists!


Last week, a courageous man stood up for a teenager who was being bullied on the MRT. The facts are straightfoward. But one look at the flood of comments online, it is plain for all to see that opinions on the case skewed towards the race and nationality of those involved. Yes the hero is a Malay man. Nationality unknown

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Open letter to Lightart Studio


Dear Lightart Studio, Thank you for reminding Singapore especially MOM and TAFEP that racial and religious discrimination still exists in Singapore. You have also proved former NMP Calvin Cheng wrong when he cautioned against Alfian Sa’at’s “irresponsible rhetoric, which allege racial discrimination against our Malay-Muslim brethren”. On one level, you discriminate against non-Chinese by insidiously slipping in ‘Chinese-speaking’ as part

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