Thursday, July 13, 2006

PENANG : DOING THE FAMILY THING
Turbans, Marriage and Food!!

Yup...I'm on the other side of the pond...way up north in Penang! Food is great. Nothing like Penang Char Kway Teow. The hawkers still cook with charcoal and do their thing on the roadside. Please "Mr Penang" don't change. Stick to your native charm.

We're holed up in a hotel near the beach. This Saturday I'll be doing the welcome toast at a wedding banquet. The big news here is the high court ruling which took the side of a school principal. He told some of his students not to wear Arabic turbans to school. They, the students, claimed that their turbans were part of their religious beliefs and appealed to the courts. The judge differed. It was a landmark ruling; a secular court drew boundaries on Islamic practice in a country where Islam is the official religion. Very interesting!

4 comments:

blogpastor said...

So it is tudung boleh; and turban ta boleh. Obviously the court (and state) has drawn the line and prefers moderate Islam. Great! I wonder how PAS will capitalize on this.

RaphaelReport said...

I don't know if PAS have said anything. The mainstream press have not covered extensively the PAS response.

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