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Malaysian court rules officials unlawfully demolished Christian church

Catholic World News - September 27, 2010

Malaysia’s high court has ruled that local authorities unlawfully demolished a Christian chapel in 2005 and ordered them to make restitution to indigenous villagers in Johor. Many of the nation’s Orang Asli (original peoples) have converted to Christianity; they are exceptionally poor and make up less than 1% of the nation’s population.

Last week, local officials ordered another Orang Asli Christian community to stop building a church.

3% of the nation’s 27.7 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics. 60% are Muslim, 19% are Buddhist, 6% are Hindu, and 6% are Protestant.

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