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Don’t evangelize Muslims, warns Malaysian government official

Catholic World News - August 06, 2012

A leading Malaysian government official is warning non-Muslims that state governments can take punitive action against those who attempt to convert Muslims.

“Distribution of reading materials and in the form of audio-video is disallowed as it will lead to dissatisfaction of Muslims,” said Jamil Khir Baharom, minister in the prime minister's Department Islamic Affairs, in remarks quoted by Bernama, the national news agency.

The nation of 28.7 million is 60% Muslim, 19% Buddhist, 6% Hindu, 6% Protestant, and 3% Catholic. Islam is the nation’s official religion.

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  • Posted by: bkmajer3729 - Aug. 06, 2012 5:50 PM ET USA

    UN Declarations are only as good as the will of the Country intending to maintain and keep such declarations. Have we not learned anything from History?

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 06, 2012 1:43 PM ET USA

    Malaysia, as do other countries such as China, seem to conveniently forget that Article 18 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights states, "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance." How undisturbed countries are about whay they sign.

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