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|Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2003 6:33 am Post subject: Increased discrimination of non-muslims in Malaysia?
Malaysia's biggest opposition party yesterday declared its goal of forming an Islamic state, with punishments such as stoning and amputation for criminals and a ban on non-Muslims becoming prime minister.
The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party has almost no chance of winning power outright in the national government, but it plays a key role in setting the tone for political debate in the predominantly Muslim Malay community. It also controls the government in two of Malaysia's 13 states.
Lim Kit Siang, chairman of the Democratic Action Party, the main ethnic Chinese opposition group, warned that the plan for an Islamic state could create "a new dichotomy between Muslims and non-Muslims."
"It confirms the worst fears of the non-Muslims in Malaysia," Mr. Lim said. "The proposals raised would alter the citizenship rights of both Muslims and non-Muslims."
The Islamic world is involved in up to 90% of the wars and terrorist attacks on the planet. If Islam is a religion of peace, how does a religion of war look like?