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Sultan Nazrin lauds author for calling out Malay-Muslim graft head-on
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SHAH ALAM – Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah has lauded Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Mohd Kamal Hassan for the latter’s courage in not mincing his words when he linked the words “corruption” and “hypocrisy” with Malay politics in the title of his new book.

The Perak ruler took special note of the book’s title: “Corruption and Hypocrisy in Malay Muslim Politics – The Urgency of Moral-Ethical Transformation”, seeing that Malays are known for gently rebuking others in the interest of civility and sensitivity rather than calling a spade a spade.

“The author chose two key words – corruption and hypocrisy – courageously linking these two strong key words with Malay politics to be part of the book’s title.

“The Malays, for a long time, (have been) known for the culture of metaphors, figurative rhetoric, parallelisms, and poetic flourish.

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Rebuke religious scholars who ‘politically’ cherry-pick from Quran: academic
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SHAH ALAM – The Malay Muslim community must have the courage and not shy away from calling out Islamic religious scholars who “cherry-pick” from the Holy Quran and Hadith to legitimise wrongdoings, especially corruption, said a local Islamic academic today.

Speaking at a forum titled “Corruption and Hypocrisy in Malay Muslim Politics – The Urgency of Moral-Ethical Transformation”, International Islamic University’s assistant professor Abu Hafiz Salleh Hudin said that Allah condemns those who support wrongdoings even though they are an “ulama” (religious scholar).

“Let’s look at the 1MDB case. All courts found the convict guilty, but these religious individuals are defending him.

“We are not asking them to cheer the imprisonment but his crime is not a small one – it caused losses for the country,” said Abu Hafiz, referring to convicted former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s incarceration.

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Malays went from spiritual to materialistic after NEP, says Musa Hitam
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PETALING JAYA: The Malay people shifted from being spiritual to becoming more materialistic after the New Economic Policy (NEP) was introduced, says former deputy prime minister Musa Hitam.

“This was the start of our experience in the process known as corruption,” said Musa, who served as deputy prime minister in the early to mid-1980s.

At a forum on corruption in Malay politics organised by Sinar Harian, he said the Malay people used to simply want to live according to religious teachings in the early days of independence.

“The concept was simple, be a good Malay who prays and follows norms that don’t burden the society. After we gained independence, the Malays were left behind and those in positions of power realised that. So, we introduced the NEP.”

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