Understanding the strategies adopted by Muslim extremists

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I am speaking in the context of religious politics in the Malay Muslim community in this region. Reform-minded Muslims (hereby termed as ‘liberals’ in popular understanding; not in specific political discourse located elsewhere, particularly in the Western hemisphere) has been at the forefront of confronting and challenging religious extremists. Over the last decade or so, a certain strategy can be

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Alfian Sa’at: PAP leverages on ‘minority rights’ to canvass support for their own Malay presidential candidate

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With Mdm Halimah confirming her wish to run for President, I can’t help but be awestruck by the sheer perversity of co-opting progressive language (gender parity! minority representation!) for a deeply authoritarian agenda. It reminded me a little of the Bukit Batok by-election, and the candidacy of Murali Pillai, where PM Lee himself said, in reference to the residents, that

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Aiseyman! Under MENDAKI Halimah Yacob and Farid Khan would not qualify as Malay!

Dear admin, My younger sister is married to a Singaporean Arab. His son, that is my nephew, was accepted into NTU about 10 years ago. He applied for Mendaki Scholarship but was rejected because he was NOT considered a Malay by Mendaki. My nephew is considered of Arab race based on his identity card as my brother-in-law is an Arab

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Aiseyman! What is Jufrie Mahmood’s issue with our poet Mufti?

Yesterday, some local website that has been known for its incendiary shit-stirring r&r rhetoric, posted an article in support of opposition politician Jufrie Mahmood criticism of Mufti Fatris Bakaram. Apparently, his gripe was that the Mufti is weak because he “indulges in poetry writing instead of standing up for the truth and seeking solace and hikmah from Almightly Allah”. In

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Alfian Sa’at: Issue of minority-race President reflects the flaws in our ‘meritocratic’ sytem

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Some critiques of a system that would mandate the election of a minority-race President mention that the process will ‘undermine the principle of meritocracy’. The assumption is that in a truly meritocratic system, everyone, regardless of race, will have a fair shot at running for President under the present scheme. One of the criteria laid out for the Elected President

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Aiseyman! Is the arrest of Zulfikar Shariff a sign of failure of our civil society to curb dangerous extremist ideology?

I know Zulfikar from the early years of Fateha.com when we both were volunteers in a Muslim organisation. I had many interactions with him and has no doubt that he holds extreme views. While he coddles to opposition political figures in the name of ‘human rights’, he violates those principles by agreeing with, for example, punishments such as death for

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Aiseyman! Ex-Muslim shares his difficulties and reasons for remaining in the closet

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I am an apostate who doesn’t talk to half of my family any more. Not disowned, but… yeah, it’s not good. I know a lot of other apostates who are just sort of closeted and have no intention to come out as atheist ever, for obvious reasons. Me, I’m half-Chinese, so I was like ‘fuck it, I still have half

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

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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”

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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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