“A Malaysian Spring?”: A Brief Note to our new Minister of Youth

After the conclusion of Malaysia‘s 13th General Election, the general perception now is that reformation or opposition politics has been demonized in Malaysia to a considerable degree, and the youth have been forced on threat of losing their government scholarships, to stay completely out of politics. This is only a compromise solution, which can blow up at any time much as has the Arab youth in the middle East. Continue reading

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Muslim Youth today

(in-progress draft of initial chapter of a proposed monograph; comments are most welcome)

1. Modern Youth – With and Without Islam

Muslim youth – all youth – need facilities. They need a “high-energy space” to grow up in, to borrow a term from telemarketing. Look at the richness of educational and intellectual possibilities for Malaysia’s Muslim youth compared to so many other Muslim countries. And look at how eagerly they “take the bull of modern technology by the horn”, as it were. One must admire them for so bravely embracing their “growing pains”. They seem well aware that they are the vanguard of a new Renaissance of the Muslim Ummah that is occurring throughout the human race.

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Reviving the Culture of Idealism

A recent seminar at a local university came to “question time” after detailed presentations of the different tracks available to the participants who were mainly students. This call-for-questions was met with total silence.

Two microphones had been set up, yet not one single student approached these microphones. Furthermore, the session moderator, evidently unskilled in the matter and not knowing what to say, merely moved on to the next agenda item. Continue reading