That’s what the Malay/Muslims of Malaysia are implicitly saying, if they remain silent over the “enhanced” punishment proposed with RUU355.

It’s as if they WANT their lives to be policed by the religious enforcers 24/7. And in my book, anyone who actually wants this is stupid. …


Artwork: Detail of “Carpe Diem” (2015) by Vivi Kartina Hazolene

The book and the review

The book in question is Mustafa Akyol’s “Reopening Muslim Minds”, which I had read a couple or so weeks back. So I had intended to do a review, and publish it on myAsylum 2.0, the resurrected blog that I used to actively write on until about 2014.

So, has the…


If you watch TV, happen to subscribe to Astro, and watch the AXN channel, I’m sure you’d have come across this series at some point:

You really gotta wonder…

It’s one of the TV series that my better half likes to watch. And whenever she does, I can’t help but wonder, “Gee, just how…


I’ve just finished reading Mustafa Akyol’s latest book “Reopening Muslim Minds”. My verdict: an excellent read.

A good read, and a must-read if you’re wondering why mainstream Sunni Islam is the way it is today…

I won’t go into details of what the book contains and my thoughts for right now - I’ll leave that for the book review that I will be posting at myAsylum 2.0 in due…


myAsylum 2.0 as announced on Twitter earlier

Yes, it appears that after seven years (give or take) of leaving the original myAsylum blog, the itch to write long-form couldn’t be suppressed any longer.

And so I am pleased to announce the birth of myAsylum 2.0… Do give it a visit, if you’re so inclined…

The biggest difference between my writing here on Medium and on the blog is that I write in the third person voice on my blog, and in the first person here and pretty much elsewhere on the Internet. Don’t ask why…

So here’s to more writing in the coming days, months, years… for as long as time and energy permit.

p.s. this is also the first time I’m writing anything on Medium. I will probably be using both, but hopefully with different content.

S. Jamal Al-Idrus

The real-world person behind the pseudonym Walski69. Here I pen my more personal thoughts about stuff I don't write about elsewhere...

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