Malaysia: Exhibit 'detrimental to Islam' halted

April 14, 2007 07:42


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


A Malaysian state has closed down a controversial museum exhibition on ghosts, ghouls and supernatural beings after Islamic clerics declared it was detrimental to Muslims' faith, newspapers reported Saturday. The exhibition at the state museum in southern Negeri Sembilan has drawn some 25,000 visitors since it opened March 10 but it has also attracted criticisms from religious scholars who charged the show was un-Islamic and based in fantasy, the New Straits Times reported. Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Rais Yatim has also disapproved of the exhibition, saying it was not beneficial to the community. But the museum has claimed its aim was to educate the public. The exhibition capitalizes on widespread fascination in Malaysia with otherworldly creatures from local legends and mythology. Reports said artifacts on display included carcasses of vampires and a mythical phoenix bird. The Negeri Sembilan state government, however, decided to halt the show Friday after the National Fatwa Council ruled it was forbidden in Islam as it could undermine Muslims' faith, the Star newspaper reported.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Chelsea Football
October 19, 2018
Chelsea blows the whistle on antisemitism