12 October 2017
Malaysia’s monarchs have emboldened progressive Muslims after Tuesday’s statement by the Conference of Rulers condemning “divisive” acts in the name of Islam, a religion they said should be “respectful, moderate and inclusive”.
But analysts say despite the monarchs not specifically chiding the government, their statement could spark a pushback from a previously silent Malay ground.
“It gives confidence to those in margins, who are not sure whether they can be critical. But now that the monarchs have come out, more moderate Malays can stand up and be counted instead of fearing action by the religious authorities,” said S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies‘ senior fellow Johan Saravanamuttu.
He added that this was already evident within the Islamic bureaucracy, which has been silent in the face of the rulers’ statement.
“Instead, the police chief has said the preacher who criticised the Johor Sultan for condemning the Muslim-only launderette may be charged with sedition,” Mr Saravanamuttu said.
IDSS / Online
Last updated on 13/10/2017