Close to half a million Indonesians go to work in Malaysia every year, according to data from the National Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNPPTKI). Many bring along their families to work at sites which are often located in remote areas, far from life's basic…
A non-government organization sends volunteer teachers to educate children of Indonesian migrant workers in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Playing With the Fire of Conservatism
The most recent study by the State Islamic University (UIN) in Jakarta yielded surprising -- and worrying -- results: over 80 percent of the respondents rejected the idea of a non-Muslim leader and the establishment of other houses of worship in their areas.
UIN's Islamic and Social Studies Center (PPIM) conducted the study on 500 schoolteachers of (the Muslim) religion in five provinces at the end of last year. Some respondents also rejected the idea of educators of other faiths teaching in a public school.