Malacca man claims foreigners proselytising to Muslims

In Malaysia, the proselytisation of non-Islamic religions to Muslims is an offence, but not vice-versa. — Picture by Choo Choy May
In Malaysia, the proselytisation of non-Islamic religions to Muslims is an offence, but not vice-versa. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — A man in Malacca has alleged that foreign evangelists are spreading Christian teachings to Muslims in the state, according to Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) on its website today.

The Islamist group said the man lodged a report at the Batu Berendam police station on Monday citing his suspicions against the foreigners and his dissatisfaction with the method of proselytising.

A copy of the police report claimed that the two “English men” had come from the US and Canada under an American Christian agency called “Saint Jesuss” [sic], and had received consent from the Malaysian government for their activities.

Malay Mail Online has not been able to independently verify the report with Batu Berendam police yet.

Article 11 of the country’s highest law guarantees religious freedom for all, but Article 11 (4) allows state laws to impose restrictions on the propagation of religious doctrine or belief among Muslims.

In Malaysia, the proselytisation of non-Islamic religions to Muslims is an offence, but not vice-versa.