IRF in the News

18 entries found

Islamic think-tank a liberal anomaly

November 17, 2012 by Teo Cheng Wee, Regional correspondent for the Straits Times Singapore

Malaysian group’s stance provides rare challenge to govt’s conservative position By Teo Cheng Wee, Regional correspondent KUALA LUMPUR – Among Muslim groups in Malaysia, the Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) stands out as something of an anomaly. In the three years […]

UMNO’s ‘Islamic’ sentiments no different from Zionist ideology, says group

November 8, 2012 by Harakah Daily

Nov 8: The current smear campaign against PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar is steeped in ethnic sentiments and no different from the Zionist ideology which confuses race and religion, according to a Muslim organisation. In a statement to Harakahdaily condemning the […]

Better a just non-Muslim than a ‘Muslim’ tyrant, says group

August 10, 2012 by Harakah Daily

Aug 10: Muslim youth group Islamic Renaissance Front has slammed the UMNO media’s adaptation of a so-called ‘fatwa’ which claims that it is haram (forbidden) for Muslims to vote for DAP. IRF said such a view was contrary to the spirit of […]

In Malaysia, ruling party uses Islamic values to bolster support

July 16, 2012 by Los Angeles Times

The emphasis on Islamic values is aimed at solidifying support among the Muslim Malay majority. But critics say the move alienates other ethnic groups. July 13, 2012|By Ivy Sam and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — First […]

End the ISA as promised

July 5, 2012 by Ahmad Farouk Musa and Ahmad Fuad Rahmat

End the ISA as promised The Islamic Renaissance Front finds it utterly deplorable that the home minister said he would only offer an explanation for withholding the release of the remaining ISA detainees next week. He said this on the […]

ISA Hunger Strike: Mute Islamic, Liberal Groups Condemned

July 4, 2012 by Harakah Daily

Jul 3: An Islamic group has condemned local non-governmental groups and think tanks at both ends of the spectrum for their indifference and silence over the plight of hunger striking detainees under the Internal Security Act. In a statement to Harakahdaily, […]

‘Bureaucrats doing disservice to Islam through book banning, sectarianism’

June 27, 2012 by Harakah Daily

Jun 27: A recent spate of book banning by Malaysia’s religious bureaucrats  on the pretext of defending the sanctity of Islam has been challenged by a Muslim non-governmental organisation, decrying such an act as un-Islamic and against the Muslim tradition […]

Putting homosexuality in the right perspective

April 14, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Some of the most emotional and divisive issues in our society, specifically issues concerning gay rights, revolve around two central and critical questions: should homosexual activity be legalised or branded immoral and illegal? In an effort to bring […]

Mixed Views on Ban

April 8, 2012

PETALING JAYA: Controversy surrounding Seksualiti Merdeka has escalated despite its ban. Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said the wing’s members were uncomfortable and disturbed by the festival. “I think there should be room for dialogue, especially on issues of harassment […]

Kelantan Gets a Dressing Down

April 8, 2012

PETALING JAYA: The Kelantan Government has been criticised by several groups for trying to dictate how Muslim women should dress. The action was discriminatory and a gross infringement of women’s rights, said Sisters In Islam communication officer Akmal Zulkifli. She […]