SHAH ALAM 8 Aug - Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has urged the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) to conduct its duties in a professional manner, not to be extreme in its enforcement and to respect people of other faiths.
In a meet up with JAIS personnel, here, today, the Selangor ruler also urged Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) and JAIS not to be involved in any political agenda of any party.
“JAIS should have a set standard operating procedure (SOP) and should avoid roughing up the public when exercising its authority.”
He also urged both organisations not to be extreme and to avoid casting aside the rights of individuals as accorded by the country’s laws.
“Of late, JAIS has gone through various challenges with several baseless accusations made against the organisation,”
He went on to explain that this was because the current generation was exposed to various slanderous news.
“Proper planning should be made when exercising JAIS’ authority.”
The ruler suggested both organisations to come prepared with photography equipment, video cameras, diaries, various equipment and witnesses who can be trusted to ensure smooth proceedings when both organisations conduct its duties.
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I was in Malaysia in February and I have to say its an extraordinary country. Even though I was there for only a few days and only got to see Kuala Lumpur I was so amazed and in awe! Everything from the people, to the food, to the shopping, to all the culture and traditions... I just finished writing about my time there and I really hope more people include it in their travel plans. Such an incredible place to go to :)
Absolutely loved my time in Malaysia!
I recently released some new books at the Bookcrossing Zone in 1 Utama. They are:
a. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
b. Oxford Advanced Malay-English Dictionary (still new, in very good condition)
c. Essential French Phrasebook and Dictionary (also still new, in very good condition)
d. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami (still new)
e. A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve
f. Ninth Key (The Mediator) by Jenny Caroll - a teen novel
g. The Ring of Five Dragons: Pearl Saga v. 1 by Eric Van Lustbader.
Please help these books find a good home!
The 1 Utama Bookcrossing Zone is located on the Ground Floor, near the escalator that leads to DeGem and WH. It is the same place where the Home Treasures furniture display is available. You can use the Home Treasures furniture while reading. The books are available in a white display cabinet.
Would you happen to read any Malaysian science fiction / fantasy short fiction? Which means, scifi/fantasy short fiction published in Malaysia? (I'm aware of PTS Fortuna, but last I checked, they publish novels.)
I've been wanting to ask Buddhist/Taoist adherents about this: to what extent to Buddhist/Taoist adherents regard the reality of deities like Guan Yin? Is she an actual person, or is she a metaphor for a greater spiritual truth (in the way that some Hindus regard their gods)? Would a devotee to Guan Yin be offended if someone said that she had origins as a Hindu god in the same way that Christians would be offended if someone said that Jesus had origins in gods such as Mithra or Apollo?
I have friends who pray to Guan Yin, but I don't know if their belief system can really be called Buddhist/Taoist in a meaningful way, since it appears to me a kind of syncretism emerging from following teachings of people like Lillian Too. I would like to know more from people who identify as Buddhist/Taoist.
I'm doing 'research' for my Nanowrimo (heck, whatever research lah...bukannya I will finish the novel...).
My heroine finds herself an heir of a massive fortune and there are people after her life for it. I need her to encounter several kinds of characters that will be able to help her out of sticky situations, although at this point I've yet to decide what kind of characters they would be (investigative journalist? lawyer? private detective? bomoh?).
Suppose my heroine gets herself the assistance of private detectives. How do private detective agencies in Malaysia charge? Specifically, how do private detective agencies in Kuala Lumpur charge?
It's very possible that my novel will include a private detective, since she might need to do investigation on family blood lines and company backgrounds. My heroine is a single middle-class twenty-something professional woman, so I want her interaction with the agencies she encounters fairly believable -- at least believable enough for me to write it.