Monday, July 02, 2007

Muslim Conversions

KUALA LUMPUR - PEOPLE who try to convert Muslims to other religions could face a whipping, a fine and longer prison terms in Kelantan.

The Kelantan state legislature approved changes to the law on Tuesday, providing for a maximum punishment of six lashes with a rattan cane, five years in prison and a fine of 10,000 ringgit (S$4,307) for non-Muslims who preach to Muslims.

Previously, the maximum penalty was two years in prison and a fine of 5,000 ringgit.
But state officials feel stiffer laws are useful 'as a form of deterrence,' said Hassan Mohamood, who heads the state's Islamic affairs government committee.

Proselytizing of Muslims is forbidden in Malaysia, where nearly 60 per cent of the country's 26 million people are ethnic Malay Muslims. Such cases are rare, and people found guilty face prison terms in most states.

However, the amended penalties in Kelantan - which has been ruled since 1990 by the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party - are believed to be the heaviest nationwide.

Malay Muslims who try to convert to other religions are often sent by Malaysian authorities for counseling and rehabilitation, and some have also been imprisoned for apostasy.

In a recent high-profile case that raised concerns about religious rights, a woman who was born to Muslim parents failed to get the country's highest civil court to recognize her conversion to Christianity. -- Associated Press


Just after blogging about the Kelantan state government may rebuild the demolished church, out came this new ruling.......... could have been triggered from the situation at the Orang Asli at Kampung Jias. Afraid of what actually?

Tags: Muslim, Religion, Kelantan, Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, Malay Muslim, Malaysia

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps you should take a look at the history of Christianity where the religion faces hostilities, not only in Kelantan but also in Vietnam and China. Islam is still treated with hostilities in some parts of eastern Europe, no thanks to the imperialistic Ottoman Empire whose action had been noted down even by Niccolo Machiavelli. Same goes here, starting from the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British.

12 July, 2007 18:06  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

you are correct. in most cases it was due to a few overzealous people in authority throwing their weights around

13 July, 2007 00:59  

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