We hear so much about Malaysia; an Islamic country touted for its moderation. So often, Malaysia’s example serves as reasoning for how Islam and democracy can seamlessly merge, with diversity, tolerance, and equality centre- stage.
But these romanticized, idealistic notions about ‘moderate’ Malaysia, bare limited resemblance to the facts.
The distasteful reality; virtually unrecognizable to mainstream public discourse, recently reared its ugly head, as seen as Malaysia relinquished its rights to host the 2017 FIFA congress, due to the country refusing to issue visas to Israeli delegates.
Yes, Malaysia is so intolerant, so inherently hostile to the sole Jewish state, that it could not bare for Israeli’s to enter its country, even in a non- political setting. So concerned at the anticipated public backlash an Israeli presence could draw, the authorities cancelled the congress, in part due to ‘security fears’.
And yet, Donald Trump’s calls for a potential halt to Muslim immigration, and/or the more stringently vetting of Syrian refugees, have led to an avalanche of comparisons to Adolf…
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