WITH the headline screaming Jangan gugat Islam (Don't threaten Islam) on its front page, accompanied by a picture of a crowd of Muslim men, women, youths and children, Mingguan Malaysia provided extensive coverage of the much-touted gathering of a million people that trickled to only a few thousand on Saturday.
In contrast to the fiery pronouncement by the paper, tabloid Sinar Harian headlined its front page Himpun Dingin to reflect the less than lukewarm response to the Himpunan Sejuta Umat event that was held in the 80,000-capacity Shah Alam Stadium.
The headline was accompanied by an image of an emotional Selangor executive councillor Datuk Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali, clasping his hands in prayer.
The Malay papers largely downplayed the low attendance at the gathering, choosing to highlight the 10-point declaration taken at the end of the assembly which, among others, called for special stipulations to defend the Islamic faith in the new laws that would replace the Internal Security Act.
The declaration also called for respect and support for the Malay rulers, who are the guardians of Islam in their respective states and the nation; action by both Federal and state authorities against people who challenge the position of Islam; implementation of laws to prevent and stop cases of apostasy; and a revision of the education system to eliminate elements of proselytisation.
> A growing number of young girls are reportedly willing to sleep with multiple partners in a bid to become popular among their peers.
Mostly students, these girls hang out at specific shopping malls, believing their ratings would be higher if they slept around, reported Metro Ahad.
A 16-year-old girl interviewed said the title “Queen X” would be given to the girl receiving the most attention from boys.
“The rule is simple, in order to become the most popular, the girl must sleep with as many people as possible. It will be better if the partner is rich,” she said.
Similarly, she said, the title of “King X” would be given to the guy who slept with the most number of girls.
Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.