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Sep 27, 2010

Rushdie terms Monarchy Stupid, Archaic

Rushdie terms Monarchy Stupid, Archaic:
LONDON: Indian-origin author Salman Rushdie has termed the British monarchy and its traditions “stupid” and “archaic.”
“The monarchy and its traditions are archaic… stupid... a British oddity,” the winner of the Booker of the Bookers said in an interview to The Sunday Times.
If so, why did he accept knighthood? Sir Salman Rushdie, 63, said he had received an honour from the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and it would have been extraordinary to accept something from the French state and “then refuse something from my own country.” — PTI

Yaacob welcomes CPF fatw:
A NEW Islamic ruling which gives Muslims more options on who can inherit their CPF savings is an important development for the Malay-Muslim community, said government minister Yaacob Ibrahim, who is in charge of Muslim affairs.
'As you know, there appears to be a conflict between the Islamic and civil law,' Dr Yaacob, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, said yesterday.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the third annual 'Blessings to All' day, where Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam was the guest of honour.
The day is an initiative by the chairmen of all the mosques to underline the importance of building ties and sharing what one has with others, regardless of race or religion.
On this latest decision, the Office of the Mufti managed to find 'common ground' between both systems of law, Dr Yaacob said.
The religious ruling, or fatwa, announced last Thursday allows Muslims who wish to follow Islamic law to nominate a spouse or needy family member to inherit a large portion of or even their entire Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings. The previous fatwa held that the CPF savings of a Muslim Singaporean form part of the individual's estate and this must be distributed according to Islamic inheritance laws.

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