Malaysia’s Constitution defines ethnic Malays as Muslims, leaving Malays with no choice but to identify as Muslim. Conversion to Christianity is against the law in almost all states, as is evangelism among Malay Muslims. Political, social and religious instability is on the rise, while increasing intolerance towards Chinese, Indian and indigenous tribespeople affects Christians, too, as most belong to these minority groups. Political parties like the ruling UMNO and opposition PAS uphold and protect Islam, and government officials therefore strive to maintain or increase the Islamic influence on society to the detriment of non-Muslim minorities, e.g. by running Islamization strategies. Various Muslim NGOs see themselves as “champions of Islam” and have the support of the government. Their statements and actions often stir up racial disharmony and religious discrimination.

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Use of ‘Allah’ still unresolved for Malaysia’s Christians

Use of ‘Allah’ still unresolved for Malaysia’s Christians

Malaysian Christians this week have been anxious about their right to practise their faith without state interference or provocation from militant Islam, as three cases concerning religious freedom have come to court. Much is riding on the legal system to affirm Malaysia’s constitutional guarantee of religious freedom. Christians in Malaysia […]

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‘Allah’ verdict postponed

Malaysia’s Federal Court has reserved judgment on a Catholic newspaper’s application to appeal against a ban on the use of the word ‘Allah’ in its publication. In a case which started in 2008, The Herald appealed to the Federal Court after the Court of Appeal’s Oct. 2013 decision to ban […]

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Malaysia’s ‘Allah’ impasse

Malaysia’s ‘Allah’ impasse

Should Malaysia’s Muslims alone be afforded the right to use the word ‘Allah’?Abu Emran / Flickr / Creative Commons   “God, what is your religion?” This cryptic question, spotted on a T-shirt at a packed public meeting on religious freedom in the Malaysian city of Petaling Jaya last week, sums […]

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Islamic authorities’ raid on Malaysian Bible Society questioned by state government

Islamic authorities’ raid on Malaysian Bible Society questioned by state government

Christians in Sarawak attend Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Kuching. The service is held in the Malay language, which uses the word ‘Allah’ for God.The Malaysian Insider   The ruling that the use of the word ‘Allah’ for God is banned for non-Muslims in Malaysia hit global headlines in […]

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Malaysia’s ‘Allah’ ruling widely criticised

Malaysia’s ‘Allah’ ruling widely criticised

Christians in Sarawak attend Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Kuching. The service is held in the Malay language, which uses the word ‘Allah’ for God.The Malaysian Insider   Malaysia’s escalating dispute over who has the right to use the word ‘Allah’ to describe God continues unabated. The country’s Court […]

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Malaysia ‘Allah’ verdict next month

The verdict on the Malaysian government’s appeal against the High Court’s ruling in December 2009, which upheld the right of other faiths to use ‘Allah’ (eg. for ‘God’ in a Malay language Bible) will be given next month. The 2009 ruling triggered fire-bombings and vandalism targeted at churches and Christian-run […]

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Malaysians dispute election result

Protestors lined the streets in Malaysia yesterday to rally against perceived vote rigging in Sunday’s election, through which Najib Razak’s Barisan Nasional (BN) ruling coalition retained power. BN won 133 of the 222 parliamentary seats on Sunday, which represented the coalition’s worst result in its 56-year tenure since independence. Related Articles:Christians […]

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