Liberal and Tolerant Malaysia Heading Down Islamist Path? (COLUMN)

By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist
KUALA LUMPUR/MELBOURNE (BosNewsLife Columns)-- I sometimes struggle to understand why Malaysia should be moving steadily up the rankings in the Open Doors World Watch List of the 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted for their faith. In the 2016 list Malaysia is ranked at No. 30 – classified as moderate persecution – compared to No. 37 last year and No. 40 in 2014. What went wrong?

NEWS WATCH: Ukraine Says Pro-Russian Rebels “Shot Down” Malaysian Plane; 298 Killed (Breaking)

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

PHOTOKYIV, UKRAINE (BosNewsLife)-- Ukraine's government has accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian passenger airplane in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board, many of them children and Dutch tourists.

Malaysia Church Threatened With Destruction

By Joseph C. DeCaro, BosNewsLife International Correspondent with BosNewsLife Asia Service

KOTA BARU, MALAYSIA (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities are threatening to destroy a second church of Malaysia's indigenous people, known as Orang Asli, a church official confirmed Monday, September 20.

Malaysia Court Convicts Muslims Of Burning Church

By Mike Bouwer, BosNewsLife Special Correspondent

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (BosNewsLife)-- A Malaysian court sentenced two Muslims Friday, August 13, to five years imprisonment for torching a Protestant church, the first of several attacks on places of worship that shocked the nation this year.