The real reason why Banten and Temanggung occur again and again

It is easy to blame the violence in Banten and Temenggung on the usual suspects – poor laws, poor law enforcement, a decline in religious tolerance or dark political forces at play. They would all be correct but fails to hit the mark as to why this violence is played out again and again in…

Tarnishing the intelligence of Muslims

There was once a time when Malaysians would make a virtue of how tolerant they were of each other’s religion and culture. The Open House, where you would invite your neighbors and friends from other races and religions to your house on the festive days you celebrate. The Government would also make a virtue of…

But is this true?

Provocative? Inflammatory? Or a gem of unconventional and inconvenient truths? You decide from this article in Malaysia Today that raises questions about who is a Malay, whether the Chinese brought Islam to Indonesia and whether the Javanese hate the Chinese. Melayu are Stupid Who says that it is arbitrarily wrong to state the above? How…

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?…

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…

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…

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…

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 http://www.new.facebook.com ‘No book-banning campaign’ launched by…

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 http://www.thejakartapost.com Malaysian Islamic court sends 4 Muslim men to jail for cross-dressing The…

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 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….

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…

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….