The Malaysia "Allah" case – still more turmoil

I’ve already posted a few stories on Malaysia’s “Allah” case here and here. I’ve continued to follow the story and it appears that Malaysia’s High Court misjudged the political and popular context. Suffice it to say, this moment of judicial activism isn’t quite shaping up to be a pretty “constitutional moment.” I’d be curious as to why the High Court decided to rule the way it did. Alas, that story hasn’t yet been made public. In the meantime, Amrita Malhi has an excellent discussion of the political and cultural background to the case here. It can be summarized it two tragic words: identity politics.

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