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Women having extramarital sex with no men?

This story has been making headlines in Malaysia. But so far nobody seems to have answered the question of many discerning readers of this episode: How come no men are caned together with the women?

Why is it that only the women were punished for having extramarital sex? What about the men who fucked them? Don’t they have an responsibility in all this? Malaysia Boleh! Once again.

Malaysian Women Caned for Sex Say Punishment Was ‘Good’ for Them

Prison staff demonstrate to the media how the caning process was undertaken at the Kajang prison outside Kuala Lumpur. (Reuters Photo)

Three Malaysians who became the first women to be caned under the country’s Islamic laws said they “deserved” their punishment and that it would help stem sex outside marriage.

The three women were caned for having sex out of wedlock in a move that has angered human rights activists and some lawyers who say the punishments are illegal in this mainly Muslim country that runs parallel civil and Islamic justice systems.

“I deeply regret my actions as I should have married before having sex,” the New Straits Times newspaper quoted one of the women who it said was aged 17, as saying in its Friday edition.

The newspaper did not reveal the womens’ real names and a picture showed the three clad in traditional Malaysian dress and headscarves seated before reporters.

via Malaysian Women Caned for Sex Say Punishment Was ‘Good’ for Them – The Jakarta Globe.

Crash and Burn: DVDs of 2012 by school kids

All very commendable for elementary school students to support their religious wallahs in protesting against a movie. Unspun, however is curious whether the DVDs they burned were legal copies or the cheap pirated stuff you get at Ratu Plaza and other illegal vendors.

If it is the latter then you have to wonder what MUI has to say about respecting intellectual property rights. LOL


(Pic and story from The Jakarta Globe)

A vendor sells DVD copies of the film "2012" in Central Jakarta. (Photo: Trish Anderton, JG)

Indonesian Elementary School Students Set Fire To ’2012′ Film DVDs

The controversy over the film “2012” continued on Wednesday when hundreds of elementary school students in Bogor, West Java, set fire to DVD copies of the disaster film.

Students at Kemang Elementary School in Bogor burned “2012” DVDs and posters in their school playground.

One of the students, named Rifki, said the end of days could not be determined by man because it was God’s secret.

“Nobody knows about the end of days, not even prophets or angels,” Rifki told okezone.com.

After they finished torching the DVDs, the students held a prayer session.

Protests against the movie were also voiced by the Riau branch of the Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI). Mahdini, the head of Riau’s MUI, said that the movie had violated God’s power.

“Nobody in the world could imagine the catastrophe of the end of the world. “2012” is misleading,” Mahdini said.

Meanwhile, MUI chairman Amidhan suggested that the Indonesian Film Censor Board (LSF) withdraw the movie from cinemas, saying that the board did not do a good job of editing the film, which could lead to more controversy.

Amidhan said there was a part of the movie that showed a collapsed mosque, but there was no footage of a collapsed church.

“The board should have cut the footage (of the collapsed mosque). If the movie only showed a church, no problem, but they also showed a mosque. We have a difference in culture,” Amidhan told okezone.com.

The MUI branch in Malang, East Java, issued a fatwa on the film on Monday, calling it “improper and misleading” and the Surakata branch in Central Java also expressed its opposition on Tuesday.

The film, directed by Roland Emmerich, portrays the earth’s destruction following the movement of the magnetic poles and shows various disasters sweeping the globe such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.


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Islamic fundamentalism 2.0?

Why is it that every time people abuse a technology or use it for unsavory ends, the Faithful are not asked to curb their own desires or to find a more innovative and attractive way to use that technology to win the Faithful over?

If the Islamic wallahs have issues with Facebook then perhaps they should, instead of debating guidelines on how the Faithful should use Facebook, debate instead on how they can use Facebook in such a way that it engages and is relevant to anyone of the Faith.

Now that would be a challenge to their creativity and much more difficult to do that to proclaim a fatwa or issue guidelines, wouldn’t it?

clipped from www.thejakartapost.com

Indonesian clerics want rules for Facebook

Indra Harsaputra and Niniek Karmini ,  Associated Press   |  Thu, 05/21/2009 2:52 PM  |  National

Muslim clerics are seeking ways to regulate online behavior in Indonesia, saying the exploding popularity of social networking sites like Facebook could encourage illicit sex.
Around 700 clerics, or imams, gathered in the world’s most populous Muslim nation on Thursday were considering guidelines forbidding their followers from going online to flirt or engage in practices they believe could encourage extramarital affairs.
Facebook says Indonesia, a nation of 235 million, was its fastest-growing country in Southeast Asia in 2008, with a 645 percent increase to 831,000 users – outpacing China and India. And with less than 0.5 percent of Indonesia’s citizens wired, there is a huge potential for growth.
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Also read: Lirboyo Pecas Ndahe

More to come for Malaysian Muslims/Malays?

Unspun’s sister must be having a relaxed day because she’s sent us an email that’s making the rounds in Malaysia following the Yoga prohibition.

Here’s sharing it with you:

Selepas fatwa pengharaman yoga, fatwa-fatwa yang akan datang adalah seperti berikut :

Disember 2008
Orang Islam dilarang mandi di kolam renang awam. Di kolam renang awam, akan terdapat orang-orang yang bukan Islam yang memakai pakaian renang yang singkat dan mendedahkan aurat (terutamanya amoi-amoi china yang cun dan seksi). Ini boleh menjejaskan akidah orang Islam. Cara yang paling baik ialah kita haramkan orang Islam dari kolam renang awam.
Januari 2009
Orang Islam dilarang pergi ke Pulau Pinang. Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang adalah seorang yang bukan Islam and majoriti penduduk Pulau Pinang adalah orang yang bukan Islam. Apabila seorang Islam berada di Pulau Pinang, beliau mungkin terhidu bau char keoy tiaw yang dimasak oleh orang bukan Islam dan ini boleh merosakkan akidah kita. Cara yang paling baik ialah kita haramkan orang Islam dari pergi ke Pulau Pinang. Orang Islam yang kini tinggal di Pulau Pinang akan diberi elaun pindah sebanyak RM 3000 untuk membantu mereka berpindah ke negeri-negeri yang lain. Perpindahan ke negeri Kelantan dan Terengganu amat amat digalakkan.
Februari 2009
Orang Islam dilarang meminum root beer. Walaupun root beer tidak mengandungi alkohol, namun perkataan “beer” ini boleh menimbulkan keghairan dan kelakuan tidak senonoh di kalangan orang Islam. Dengan pengharaman root beer, orang Islam bolehlah meminum minuman ringan yang lain tanpa was-was. Ginger beer juga diharamkan.
March 2009
Orang Islam dilarang memakan di kedai Mamak. Walaupun mamak kebanyakkannya Islam, tetapi asal usul mereka adalah India dan ada kemungkinan terdapat unsur-unsur India di dalam perniagaan mereka seperti bercakap Tamil dan memakai seluar dalam buatan India. Untuk mengelakkan sebarang syak wasangka, mulai 1 Mac 2009, orang Islam dilarang dari memakan di kedai mamak (kecuali Tun Mahatir kerana dia sendiri mamak kelas I)
April 2009
Orang Islam dilarang bermain ping pong atau table tennis. Ping pong berasal dari negeri China dan oleh yang demikian, mungkin terdapat unsur-unsur agama Buddha atau Confuciusism di dalam permainan ping pong. Ornag Islam yang terlalu banyak bermain ping pong akan terjejas akidah mereka. Sebagai permainan alternatif, orang Islam digalakkan bermain sepak raga (tetapi bola raga mesti buatan Malaysia, bukan dari Thailand).
Mei 2009
Orang Islam yang berkerja dengan kerajaan dilarang mengambil gaji masing-masing. Ini kerana sebahagian besar pendapatan kerajaan adalah cukai pendapatan yang dibayar oleh syarikat-syarikat orang bukan Islam. Orang Islam digalakkan meminta sedekah dari orang Islam yang lain. Untuk memudahkan permintaan sedekah, bakal peminta sedekah digalakkan mencangkung di hadapan bangunan UMNO.
Jun 2009
Orang Islam dilarang keluar negara. Terdapat terlalu banyak godaan yang boleh meruntuhkan akhlak dan akidah orang Islam. Perkara ini telahpun dikaji dengan teliti hasil lawatan sambil belajar ke Bangkok oleh Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan baru-baru ini. Oleh yang demikian, orang orang Islam diminta menyerahkan balik paspot masing-masing ke jabatan immigresen secepat mungkin. Perjalanan keluar negara hanya dibenarkan untuk menteri-menteri dan orang kuat UMNO sahaja, itupun hanya jika diiringi oleh ahli Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan.
Julai 2009
Orang Islam dilarang berfikir di waktu siang. Kebanyakkan masalah jenayah dan maksiat wujud kerana orang-orang yang tak ada kerja berfikir yang bukan-bukan. Untuk membenteras maslah jeneyah dan maksiat, orang-orang Islam mulai 1 Julai 2009, dilarang dari menggunakan otak mereka diwaktu siang. Pemikiran mereka akan dipantau oleh Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan dengan menggunakan sekumpulan specially trained monkeys. Orang Islam boleh menggunakan otak mereka di waktu malam tetapi pemikiran dihadkan kepada perkara-perkara berkaitan dengan makan dan minum sahaja.

Muslim Women and the pestilence of small-minded bureaucrats

My Asylum‘s brought Unspun‘s attention, via Facebook, to a Malaysiakini report of a Sisters-in-Islam’s campaign against book banning, after the Bolehsia government banned “Muslim Women and the Challenge of Islamic Extremism”.

No doubt Muslim women would consider parochial, self-righteous, holier-than-thou bureaucrats one of the challenges as well.

clipped from www.new.facebook.com

‘No book-banning campaign’ launched
by S Pathmawathy (Malaysiakini – Aug 19, 2008)
Non-governmental advocacy group Sisters-in-Islam (SIS) today launched a postcard campaign against the banning of books and demanded for review of all banned books.
The move by SIS entitled ‘No Book Banning Campaign’ was the result of the Home Ministry’s decision to prohibit the movement’s publication Muslim Women and the Challenge of Islamic Extremism co-authored and edited by University Kebangsaan Malaysia’s sociology professor Norani Othman.
The campaign themed ‘book banning = book burning’ comes as a collective initiative by SIS, Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) and Writers’ Alliance for Media Independence (Wami).
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Too sexy for their catwalk

And this PAS party wants to be part of the ruling government in Malaysia? Did the hotel get off scott free for hosting this? Only four men in a contest? Were they good looking and did they shave their legs?
clipped from www.thejakartapost.com

Malaysian Islamic court sends 4 Muslim men to jail for cross-dressing

The Associated Press ,� Kuala Lumpur � | �Mon, 07/28/2008 2:01 PM� | �Headlines

An official says an Islamic court in northern Malaysia has jailed four Muslim men for taking
part in a transvestite beauty pageant.
Mohamad Abdul Aziz Mohamad Noor, a senior official in the Islamic department in Kelantan state, says the men were sentenced to seven days in jail and given a 1,000 ringgit (US$310) fine Sunday after they pleaded guilty to cross-dressing.
He says the men were arrested together with 11 others on Friday for participating in the beauty pageant at a resort.
Mohamad Abdul Aziz said Monday that the others are expected to be charged next month.
Malaysia has both Islamic and secular courts. Sariah courts administer civil matters for Muslims, who make up more than 60 percent of Malaysia’s 27 million people.(

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Bolehland does it again – with Inul this time

Unspun was in the gym working out this morning when one of the Indonesian TV station gossip shows

Too sexy for Malaysia

Too sexy for Malaysia

came on. It showed a distraught and tearful Inul shocked by the ban on her performance.

Unspun cringed when the other people working out there began commenting about Inul’s mistreatment. “Di ban i Johor?” asked a Bapak. “Oh mereka fanatik di sana ya?”

Good one Bolehlanders. Who the hell do Malaysia’s PAS and other self proclaimed champions of the Muslim faith think they are, trying to say what’s approved and appreciated by a very large portion of Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population?

clipped from www.thejakartapost.com

Dangdut singer Inul concert rejected by Islamic party in KL

Antara ,� Penang, Malaysia � | �Tue, 07/22/2008 6:33 PM� | �Headlines

The Kuala Lumpur Youth Council of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) on Tuesday rejected the upcoming concert of Indonesian dangdut singer Inul Daratista to be held at the Bukit Djalil stadium, Kuala Lumpur.
The refusal from the party’s youth council appeared following the local government ban against Inul’s concert in Johor Bahru earlier this month.
“We will file our rejection to the Kuala Lumpur government and the relevant ministry,” said Kamaruzaman, head of the party’s youth council. “Her ‘drilling’ dance is too erotic.”
Inul is expected to perform in the Bukit Djalil stadium on Sunday. The organizing committee said the concert had been approved by the local government.

The 25,000 tickets to Inul’s upcoming concert have reportedly sold out

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In the name of religion

The things people do in the name of religion. If Unspun were a religious authority he’d tell both Anwar and Saiful to piss off and not cheapen something that is holy to many people. The Quran or any other religious text is meant to transmit the words of the founder to the followers, not function as a lie detector or truth one-upmanship claims. They should take it to the courts if they have a dispute.

On the second instance, who has a greater right to how a deceased person’s body is to be treated? The religious court or family members? Whose body is it anyway?

Anwar and accuser both willing to swear on Quran | The Jakarta Post

PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his accuser Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan said they are willing to swear on the Quran over the sodomy allegations.
“I am prepared to swear (on the Quran) if the ulama advise me to,” Anwar said at the rally to protest the fuel price hike at Kelana Jaya Stadium.

He said however that the ulama should be “credible”.

He added that Perak mufti Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria and the former Federal Territory mufti Datuk Hashim Yahya had advised him that any such allegation should be handled according to Islam and there should be witnesses.

Sources told M-Star Online that Saiful, who is currently under police protection, also agreed to the suggestion by the Mufti of Perlis, Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, to clear his name.


Malaysian Islamic court declares dead man Muslim amid Hindu family’s objections | The Jakarta Post: “
Malaysian Islamic court declares dead man Muslim amid Hindu family’s objections

The Associated Press ,  Kuala Lumpur   |  Mon, 07/07/2008 3:12 PM  |  World

An Islamic court has declared a dead man a Muslim, making it virtually impossible for his Hindu
family to cremate his body in the latest dispute over religious conversions in Muslim-majority Malaysia, their lawyer said Monday.

A Shariah court in northern Penang state ruled Friday that B. Elangesvaran, 34, who committed suicide last month, was a Muslim and his body should be released from the hospital for Muslim
burial, lawyer R. Nethaji Rayer said.”

(Via .)

I’m too sexy for my lipstick – and high-heels

Here we go again with another feat that merits Unspun’s shit-for-brains tag.

New Malaysia: Kota Baru bans lipsticks and high-heels: “Kota Baru bans lipsticks and high-heels
This is bizarre. The Kota Baru Municipal Council has issued an order to ban female workers of the MBKB and permit holders from putting on lipsticks or wearing high-heels. High heels, it seems, are too noisy with its squeaky sound and they are a distraction. Lipsticks are even more dangerous and provocative – to men, that is. According to the council president Shafie Ismail the directive was issued to prevent rapes and other immoral activities.The directive has been issued to MBKB staff and workers at restaurants and other premises, which required permits from the council. That would probably include supermarkets. That’s the whole of Kota Baru! Tony Pua has blogged about the obsession of the PAS government with dressing.”

(Via .)

Pinching Indonesia’s Peci?

Here we go again with another “Malaysian” cultural icon that could be grist of the mill for connoisseurs of the ongoing how-much-of-Malaysia-originated-from-Indonesia debate.

Rocky, quoting the Star newspaper said:

“According to The Star, someone people in the DAP’s central executive committee want the party’s assemblymen in Johor NOT to wear the Songkok at the opening of the state’s legislative assembly on June 19. The Sultan of Johor is expected to be there.
If the news is true, it’s strange for the DAP to want to do that. It’s mischievous, even, especially given the Johor Sultan’s passion for the songkok .

Sure, the songkok is a Malay headgear. It is also a Malaysian headgear. No?”

The Star’s Chun Wai also thinks the Songkok is a Malay headgear.

Curiously, if you search for “songkok” in Wikipedia you are redirected to the “peci” entry as below:

clipped from en.wikipedia.org


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

��(Redirected from Songkok)
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Sukarno wearing a peci

Sukarno wearing a peci

Men of the Malay Regiment wearing peci at bayonet practice

Men of the Malay Regiment wearing peci at bayonet practice

A peci is a cap of Indonesian Muslim origin, in the shape of a truncated cone, similar to fez but almost always made of black felt. In Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei it is known as a songkok. Peci is the tradional Malay cap.

In Indonesia the peci has become its national headdress, with secular nationalist connotations, made popular by Sukarno. Peci is worn by male Indonesians in formal situation, wedding ceremonies, or religious holidays such as Indonesian’s Idul Fitri and Idul Adha.

Peci is also worn in Malaysia, notably by the military and police of Malaysia and Brunei on ceremonial occasions.

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So, is the songkok.peci Indonesian or Malaysian, or if you want to cut it finer, is it Indonesian muslim or Malay?


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