'In Malaysia, Islam is the state religion. Higher education, the bureaucracy and vast swathes of the economy are operated as a kind of spoils system almost exclusively for Malays, whom the state defines as Muslim. Race and religion determine everything from your odds of getting into medical school to the amount you're expected to put down for an apartment. The conversion laws, based on sharia, bring to mind the Eagles' classic "Hotel California": You can check in (to Islam) any time you like, but you can never leave.'
My brain stuttered, and for a moment, I read 'Israel' for 'Malaysia', and 'Judaism' for 'Islam'. And for a brief period of time, I could here the desperate screeching of the so-called Human Rights Fanatics as they did their two-minutes of hate thing about Israel. 'Aparthied state' they screamed. 'Racist society' they screeched. 'Religious zealots' they insulted.
But then the moment passed and I realised how silly it all was. After all, non-Jews can get ahead perfectly well in Israel. Medical schools have many Arabs, and how much you pay for an apartment is entirely dependent on where the apartment is, not whether you are a Jew or not. Vast swathes of the economy are owned by Jews, true. But there are increasing amounts of it owned by rich Arabs. So really, to equate Malaysia with Israel is quite silly.