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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

PEOPLE LEAVING ISLAM

135 LEFT ISLAM
KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — The federal government has allowed 135 to leave Islam between 2000 to 2010, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said today.

A total of 686 applied to Syariah Courts throughout the country to leave Islam in those ten years, said the minister in the Prime Minister’s department.

Specific details however were not provided, only a breakdown of people leaving Islam (apostasy) according to states.

Sabah recorded the highest number of apostasy cases (237, 67 allowed by the government), followed by Negri Sembilan (172, 33 allowed), Federal Territories (56, 10 allowed), Penang (36, 1 allowed).

Sarawak and Terengganu recorded the lowest cases of apostasy cases (1 for each state) while Kelantan had no such applications.

“In tackling the issue of apostasy (people leaving Islam) the state Islamic department (JAIN) always conducts programmes and activities to avoid this incident from occuring especially among new converts.

“Among the programmes offered are counselling services, religious reinforcement classes, religious classes and Baitulmal support,” Jamil said in a written reply to Er Teck Hwa (Bakri-DAP)today.

Muslims are usually not allowed to leave their faith in Malaysia unless under special circumstances mostly involving converts. THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Thursday, 2 June 2011

DOMPOK ON RELIGION

PRESS RELEASE BY

YB TAN SRI BERNARD GILUK DOMPOK

PRESIDENT UPKO CUM

MINISTER OF PLANTATION INDUSTRIES AND COMMODITIES MALAYSIA

IN REPLY TO UTUSAN MALAYSIA

The allegations printed by Utusan Malaysia promotes an unhealthy trend that has started lately whereby a report is printed without any attempt to verify the truth or to take into account it’s effect on the peace and harmony in the country. How can a national newspaper not only print but sensationalize something written by a blogger. It is the height of irresponsibility. The Christian churches have been a responsible group even at the worst of times. I have been present in some of their prayer sessions over the years and they have prayed for the nations, its leaders in government and the people of Malaysia generally. Indeed yearly on Malaysia Day prayers are offered in the Churches for the wellbeing of the nation and it’s leaders.

The position of Islam is enshrined in the constitution and has been accepted without question by all Malaysians of every religious belief. All the non-muslims want is a reciprocal acceptance of their constitutional rights as citizens of this country and the freedom to practice their religion in peace. As the Prime Minister says, we need to move from mere tolerance to acceptance.

As for the question of a Christian Prime Minister, what is wrong with that, although I do not see this happening in Malaysia. The Constitution does not stipulate the religious affiliation of the Prime, the only qualification being his ability to command the confidence of the majority of the members of Parliament. If an Iban, a Bidayuh, a Kadazandusun, Murut, Kelabit, a Chinese or Indian MALAYSIAN can satisfy the provision of Article 43 of the Constitution, he can be the Prime Minister of the Country.

Let us move on. Live and Let Live.

Putrajaya, May 9, 2011