Malaysia's openly gay pastor
August 31st, 2011
09:26 AM ET

Malaysia's first openly gay pastor to marry

By Elizabeth Yuan, CNN

(CNN)– Malaysia's first openly gay pastor has chosen Wednesday, coinciding with the country's Independence Day, to get married to his American partner in New York, barely a month after same-sex marriage became legalized there.

"It means a lot to be married that day, to honor my country and people in Malaysia," said Rev. Boon Lin Ngeo, who also goes by his pen name O.Young or Ouyang Wen Feng, in a telephone call from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysia's Sabah state, during a visit there last week.

He said the date was chosen to remind others that "we need to keep fighting for our rights and be independent from all kinds of oppression."

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Filed under: Malaysia • Pastors

July 25th, 2010
10:44 AM ET

Malaysian TV talent show: competing to become an imam

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"The approach is: how are we going to make it interesting for the young? For any religion, how to attract the young is a huge challenge."

–Izelan Basar, Channel Manager Astro TV

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Filed under: Asia • Islam • Malaysia • Muslim

March 5th, 2010
04:14 PM ET

Q&A with Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is on trial in Kuala Lumpur on sodomy charges for a second time, speaks to journalist Wajahat Ali about the controversy and discusses the country's ethnic and religious conflicts as well as issues facing the Muslim world.

"The government today is in survival mode," Ibrahim says. "Sensing its own protracted demise, and bereft of ideas that would enable it to regain popular support, its strategy is to tear down the opposition no matter what the cost."

Read the full interview

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Filed under: Leaders • Malaysia • Politics

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