Archive for April, 2011

Poco-poco sans Perak

The National Fatwa Council of Malaysia will not ban the poco-poco dance. But Perak differs.

The Malaysian Insider reports:

KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 — The National Fatwa Council will not ban Muslims from doing the poco-poco as long as the dance does not go against existing guidelines, its chairman Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Abdul Shukor Husin has said.

“If it does not violate (the rules), there is no ban. In fact, we feel there should be no restriction as it brings health benefits,” he told reporters today.

Abdul Shukor, however, said the National Fatwa Council would respect the decision of the Perak Fatwa Council to ban the dance on the grounds that it contained elements of Christian and spirit worship.

He also reminded Muslims to always be mindful and refer to the guidelines that the council has issued since 2007 that caution Muslims not to take part in non-Islamic rituals and to dress modestly.

Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria told The Malaysian Insider on April 6 that he would not rescind the ban on poco-poco but was willing to offer clarification on his decision to the National Fatwa Council.

Malaysiakini attacked!

Malaysiakini was attacked late this morning by ‘external parties’, which explains why it cannot be accessed at the moment.

It can, however, be accessed via:

Activist Chin Huat denied entry into Sarawak

(Photo credit: MerdekaReview)

BERSIH activist Wong Chin Huat, a Malaysian citizen no less, is reportedly being denied tonight an entry into Sarawak, a state in the Federation of Malaysia.

Chin Huat is the second person, after Steven Ng, being denied entry since the dissolution of the Sarawak State Assembly.


Rock your rights at Fort Cornwallis


April 2011

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