All that glitters…


Here I was feeling quite impressed with KL and getting the sense that this is a laid back and quite open society. Then I met a fascinating guy named James who enlightened me about many aspects of the cultural and racial divides that exist here. Did you know that there is a kind of affirmative action in this country (that is over 60% Muslim) that requires anyone of, say Chinese descent when starting a business to have a Malay (Muslim) partner? And then I learned about the Lina Joy case and was flabbergasted. Here is a woman it was ruled recently by the high court that had no right to convert to Christianity from Islam without the approval of a Sharia court. And they of course will not grant her that right, and she has to flee the country to be able to marry her boyfriend. In a number of other spheres there is an uncomfortable mixing of religion and state.