Respected Sister Fatimah, Wa Salamun alaikum from me and on behalf of all readers!
1 - It is astonishing that even the enlightened Mahathir Mohamad could not emancipate the Malaysian society from the clutches of the horrible Mullahs! The Mullah-infested Pakistan and Bangladesh are better than that. [Afghanistan, the Arab Sheikhdoms and Kingdoms are the worst.]
2 - No translation of the Qur'an will read covering of head. Just be careful of brackets :-)
3 - Please remember that no human being is an authority in Islam. I think it is better to avoid mentioning any names of authors or their books since we must not enter into argumentation with anyone.
4 - A good way to convey the Quranic Message in your environment would be reprinting very small books like THUS SPEAKS THE QURAN by Shabbir Ahmed, M.D. and distribute to carefully chosen people. (Only 5-10 percent Muslims have an open mind and a tolerant heart).
6 - If you feel bothered by the hostile environment, you may use a sash or dupatta for limited times.
Please do not get discouraged. The Qur'anic Message is fast opening the eyes of people and Internet is helping. The situation will change soon, In-Sha-Allah.
9:32 They seek to extinguish God’s light (the Qur’an) by their utterances. But God will not allow this to pass, for He has willed to spread His light in all its fullness even though the rejecters may detest it.
9:33 He is the One Who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the True Religion (The Divinely Prescribed System of Life), that He may cause it to prevail over all religions and systems of life, even though the idolaters may detest it.
[5:3, 9:31-33, 13:31, 14:48, 18:48, 41:53, 48:28, 51:20-21, 61:8-9. The Qur’anic Deen will prevail over all religions. This refers to Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism and all other forms of ‘Isms’ and religion, including the sects that are now present in the name of Islam. Please remember that no sect can be considered Islamic. DEEN in the Sight of God is nothing but Al-Islam (5:3). But next to religions, the Qur’anic System of Life will also dominate and prevail over all manmade political and social systems such as Communism, Atheism, Secularism, Secular Democracy, Despotism, Theocracy, Monarchy, all “isms” such as “Humanism” Socialism, Idol worship in any form, Sufism and Capitalism. This will happen as humanity, after the centuries old, protracted toil of trial and error will come to intellectually realize, and accept the Supremacy of the Final Testament, Al-Qur’an]
Most sincerely and affectionately,
Your elder brother