Interview by Mohamed Nawab Osman, Kuantan
- Awang, Hadi
Islam is an important aspect in the state governance of Malaysia. The religious identity of the majority Malay ethnic group, who are predominantly Muslims, is highly relevant in how the principle of ketuanan Melayu (Malay dominance) is expressed in contemporary Malaysian politics. Not only does ketuanan Melayu establish Malay political dominance, it also elevates the position of Islam in society. Constitutionally, the Malay rulers are recognized as heads of the religion of Islam, Islam is the official religion of the country, and Islamic courts and institutions can be formed to regulate Muslims (Salleh, 2000).