excepting Penang, Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territories) and can lead to lengthy jail sentences and many strokes of the rotan (whipping). Among others, the recommendation is for Malaysia to become a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Without it, there is no hope that the situation will improve on its own. In Pahang, apostates can be lashed six times with canes as well:[35]. A marriage between two non-Muslims (civil law marriages), however, will not become void after one spouse subsequently converts to Islam. Shamala and Jeyaganesh were married under Hindu rites registered under the jurisdiction of the Law Reform Act. [3] The same law applies to non-Jews who organize prayer gatherings for the same reason who would then also be accused of promoting "Jewish culture". unilateral religious conversion of children in Malaysia Goh Siu Lin Shook Lin & Bok, Kuala Lumpur siulin@shooklin.com.my to evading financial responsibilities imposed upon him under the civil law. Updated: February 4, 2018. The shrine, which had stood at the end of the alley for close to 30 years, was torn down by MPS enforcement officers because according to the council, it was built illegally on government land. [91], The Metro Tabernacle, an Assemblies of God church in Desa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur was set on fire on 8 January 2010. The "Hindu Rights Action Force", a coalition of several NGO's, have protested these demolitions by lodging complaints with the Malaysian Prime Minister. In May 2001, the government decided not to approve the Falun Gong Preparatory Committee's application to register as a legal organisation. [32], In the states Kelantan and Terengganu, apostasy by a Muslim is a crime punishable by death and forfeiture of property; however, federal law prohibits the death penalty from being carried out. Practicing Christians are at times even registered as Muslims because of forced conversions, marriage arrangements, or clerical errors. Current Prime Minister, Abdullah declared that Malaysia is an Islamic state, but Malaysia is not a secular or theocratic state. The growing Islamization in Malaysia is a cause for concern to many Malaysians who follow minority religions such as Hinduism. Zakat (or tithe) monies, however, are paid by Muslims directly to official organisations run by state governments. And, even now, the church she attends asked her to sign a declaration stating the church is not responsible for her conversion. Approximately nine percent of the population of Malaysia are Indians, of whom nearly 90 percent are practising Hindus. She is currently challenging the confiscation of the CDs in court. Before Singapore broke away from Malaysia on the 9th of August 1965, … As of the 2010 Population and Housing Census, 61.3 percent of the population practices Islam; 19.8 percent Buddhism; 9.2 percent Christianity; 6.3 percent Hinduism; and 1.3 percent traditional Chinese religions. Some states have laws that prohibit the use of Malay-language religious terms such as usage of the term "Allah" for God by Christians, but the authorities do not enforce them actively. Shahidan wanted atheists and atheist groups like the Kuala Lumpur chapter of Atheist Republic to be identified and hunted down. Religious intolerance has been a pressing concern in Malaysia for some time now. The decision was over-ruled on appeal to the Supreme Court, who held "in all the circumstances and in the wider interests of the nation no infant shall have the automatic right to receive instruction relating to any other religion other than (her) own without the permission of the parent or guardian". It is prohibited in 10 of the 13 states (i.e. Religious minorities were reportedly relieved by the decision, but one advocacy group stated that the decision showed that the courts were "inconsistent in their protection" of non-Muslims. This cleared the situation about the overlapping areas of jurisdiction between the Islamic and the secular courts in Malaysia. On 29 September 2001, the then Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad declared that the country was an Islamic state (negara Islam). However, Sunday which is the Christian traditional holiday is the official weekend holiday in the Federal Territories and ten out of thirteen states, unlike practices in Middle Eastern Muslim countries. Having earned this advantage these charities are further disadvantage in that their prospective donors are discouraged from donating monies to these charities because the donors are given tax relief for up to 5% of their aggregate income only. However, not on paper. (Photo credit: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images), Malaysia is a predominately Muslim country with 61.3% Sunni Muslim (data published by the Malaysian Department of Statistics in 2010, up to date data is not available). [86], On 11 May 2006, armed city hall officers from Kuala Lumpur forcefully demolished part of a 60-year-old suburban temple that serves more than 1,000 Hindus. ). "Allah", "Firman Allah", "Ulama", "Hadith", "Ibadah", "Kaabah", "Qadhi'", "Illahi", "Wahyu", "Mubaligh", "Syariah", "Qiblat", "Haji", "Mufti", "Rasul", "Iman", "Dakwah", "Wali", "Fatwa", "Imam", "Nabi", "Sheikh", "Khutbah", "Tabligh", "Akhirat", "Azan", "Al Quran", "As Sunnah", "Auliya'", "Karamah", "Syahadah", "Baitullah", "Musolla", "Zakat Fitrah", "Hajjah", "Taqwa" and "Soleh". While many Malaysians… This has the potential to affect the enjoyment of the right to freedom of religion or belief by other religious groups. On 19 September 2005, the court ruled in a 2–1 majority decision against Joy. The religious freedom: A theoretical framework The Muslims take it that the basis for religious freedom in Islam is inspired by the Qur†an in al-Baqarah 2:256 which plainly stated that religion Ethnic Malay Muslims account for approximately 55 percent of the population. Free Online Library: The religious tolerance in Malaysia: an exposition. Other minority religious groups include animists, Sikhs, and Baha’is. [95], Automatic conversion of minors following parental conversion, Article 11 (4): 'State law and in respect of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam. The process takes around three months. The application was rejected in August 1997 on the grounds that the Syariah Court had not granted permission for her to renounce Islam. In the book, he also mentioned incidences of lobbying by some Muslims in his place of employment—a multinational oil company—to get his job terminated. The act of apostasy, broadly defined, is criminalized in state laws with high fines or even prison sentences. 3 The Constitution offers broad protections for freedom of religion or belief, but also makes the link between religion and ethnicity explicit However, the strength of multi-racial can only be harvested if the country fulfils racial equal rights. Money donated to such approved beneficiary is only deducted from the income on which the amount of tax is based, while zakat is deducted from the amount of tax itself. This passed over the opposition of the Malaysian Chinese Association and the Democratic Action Party, and became law. Wong was buried next to her husband in the Chinese cemetery in her birthplace of Simpang Ampat, Alor Gajah. Most Muslims in Malaysia accept this, although some have expressed disquiet since the most holy period in a Muslim's week is between Thursday evening and Friday afternoon, when the congregational Jumaat prayer is held. Most of the Muslim holy days are national holidays, for instance, the birthday of Mohammad, the end of the Hajj, and the end of Ramadan. The government had earlier argued that the church's application is frivolous and had urged the court to throw it out but Madam Justice Lau Bee Lan disagreed and allowed the application by the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Murphy Pakiam, for leave to sue the government regarding the use of the word "Allah" to proceed. The Court's panel ruled that only the Syariah Court had the power to allow Joy to remove her religious designation of Islam from her national identity card. 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Earlier the High Court had granted custody to Shamala Sathiyaseelan with access for the father. In 2005 international media attention focused on the Sky Kingdom sect whose founder Ayah Pin claimed to be God, and whose members – mostly Malays – were accordingly charged with religious "deviancy" and "humiliating Islam."[25]. The study shows the interfaith marriage is commonly practiced by most native people of Sabah. [citation needed], In December 2004, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Datuk Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim mentioned in an interview that the Azan may be disturbing. [11] As of 27 December 2007, R. Subashini failed in an attempt to stop her husband from divorcing her in an Islamic court. Ochab authored the initiative and proposal to establish the UN International Day Commemorating Victims and Survivors of Religious Persecution. The government has not prevented Falun Gong members from carrying out their activities in public. This was in spite of the earlier ruling that this act does not apply to Jeyaganesh who was now a Muslim. On 17 November, Azhar Mansor declared that he had not renounced Islam,[83] and Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that there should now be an end to the speculation. [13] In the first hearing before the High Court, Shamala Sathiyaseelan sought (1) to bring committal proceedings against the father of the infants for breach of the interim custody order of the High Court of 17 April 2003, and (2) to declare that she was not bound by any decisions, order or proceedings of the syariah court. However, in a more recent case, The Passion of the Christ was allowed, after the intervention of the Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, under strict conditions restricting its viewership to Christians with sales of tickets being carried out by various churches and para-church organisations. Furthermore, despite assurances of the right to freedom of religion or belief in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, Article 11(4) of the document has the effect of limiting proselytism. [67] Countering the Herald's suit, the Malaysian security authorities on 30 December, warned its printing permit would not be renewed if it continued using the word "Allah," which the government continued to say can only be used by Muslims. In response several states (Islamic laws are passed by individual states) passed laws providing for conversion by 15 (defined as "baligh" in Islam or the age of puberty). We envisage the Putrajaya church to be a hallmark of the Catholic community in Malaysia and showcase the rich heritage of the Malaysian Catholics. The issue was raised by the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, following a visit to the country in September 2017. In January 2014, the Selangor Islamic Religious department (Jais) raided the Bible Society of Malaysia and confiscated 320 Malay and Iban bibles, which catered for Sabah and Sarawak Christians. In a statement, Amnesty International Malaysia said, “These vicious punishments against LGBTI people are the actual crimes being committed here. The temples follow Saivite tradition from West India for t… The state of Selangor passed a legal amendment in 1989 that if an adult converts to Islam, any infant children become converted at the same moment. While dismissing a petition filed by a couple, Allahabad High Court found that a Muslim woman had converted to Hinduism and later married as per Hindu rituals within the span of one month. However, the situation in Malaysia goes far beyond “religious intolerance.” Indeed, the report makes it clear that many religious minorities face discrimination and persecution. On 13 April 2004 Shamala once again went to the high court. Actually they don't really want to be an atheist, but they lack knowledge about religion and that is why they are easily swayed to the new age teaching". As his Hindu wife did not file for divorce, she remains "his unconverted wife" under this law. Temples in the urban areas are dedicated to a single deity whereas the temples in the rural are home to multiple gods. In a report addressed to the 2018 Universal Periodic Review, the Ethics and [citation needed], In 2004 the Bar Council of Malaysia journal "Infoline" carried an article which questioned the need for the Azan as it was disturbing to non-Muslims and not needful. [52] This discrimination received religious legitimacy in 1996 when the Fatwa Committee for Religious Affairs issued a religious opinion (fatwa) that upheld the “orthodoxy” of Sunni Islam and branded Shi‘a Islam as “deviant.” In doing so, it prohibited Shi‘a from spreading their beliefs and distributing any electronic or print resources that espoused Shi‘i principles. Three points that were raised in the lawsuit. Hal Ehwal Agama Islam (2003) heard in the Sabah High Court,[13] the father converted to Islam and converted the child to Islam without consent or knowledge of the mother, Chang Ah Mee, on 28 July 1998. The Supreme Court further held that this was "only of academic interest" as Susie Teoh was no longer a minor at the time of hearing. Revathi Massosai is a Malaysian woman who was raised as a Hindu but her identity card designates her as a Muslim. Ochab works on the topic of genocide, with specific focus on persecution of religious minorities around the world, with main projects including Daesh genocide in Syria and Iraq, Boko Haram atrocities in West Africa, and the situation of religious minorities in South Asia. No one is able to control human mind, not even the government. In Malaysia, there is a rebate in income tax for money paid to the government in form of "zakat", or the obligatory alms Muslims must give to the poor. There are stringent requirements to gain this advantage. The government in the country supports a moderate version of Sunni Islam referred to as Islam Hadhari. This has contributed to the negative experience of the community. On 5 November 2006, a group of Muslims gathered outside the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Silibin, in the town of Ipoh, Perak to protest an alleged conversion of Muslim Malays out of Islam. [59] Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Islamic affairs, stated that the group Atheist Republic will be investigated. The former being a tax credit and the latter being a tax deduction. [53][54] It caused many Shias to practice their religion underground. In April 2000, the state of Perlis passed a sharia law subjecting Islamic "deviants" and apostates to 1 year of "rehabilitation" (under the Constitution, religion, including sharia law, is a state matter). [3] Moreover, Muslims who wish to leave Islam face strong disincentives. However, after public outcry, it was quietly removed by its non-inclusion in future amendments of the state bill.[14]. The various organisations holding watching brief in this case now call themselves loosely Article 11 after the article of the Federal Constitution guaranteeing freedom of religion. In Sarawak, a Muslim testator may dispose one-third of his property to anyone he or she wishes. The Catholic Society of Shah Alam had been lobbying the state government for a permit to build a church in that city for more than 10 years. Conversion is deemed so sensitive in Malaysia that even the priest who baptised her refused to give her a baptismal certificate. Distribution of other materials such as books or tapes translated into Bahasa Melayu (local Malay) or Indonesian is also discouraged. There is subsequently some amount of divergence between different states in the treatment of converts from Islam. Malaysia is a multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religion country with a population of about 20 million people who practice various religions. The high court ruled that the father's right to decide the religion and upbringing of the infant is allowed "subject to the condition that it does not conflict with the principles of the infant's choice of religion guaranteed to her under the Federal Constitution". There they hashed out the framework for a commission that could advise the relevant parties on the many interfaith issues that arise in pluralistic Malaysia such as conversion from Islam to another faith, which is deemed as apostasy in Malaysia. She first approached the National Registration Department (NRD) in February 1997, seeking permission to change her name to Lina Joy, and also her religious status. The Kudus uses the term "Allah Taala" for God. As the report identifies, “the fatwa went further in proclaiming that the state had a duty to ensure their conversion to Sunni Islam.”. One of the terms of this agreement is that the sultans still are the ultimate authority of Islamic law in their respective states. The exception are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu, where the weekend falls on Friday and Saturday. The church opened its doors on 10 September 2005. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. [citation needed], A local daily, The Star reported that a proposal by Kepong MP Dr Tan Seng Giaw to regulate the Azan so that it will not be too loud or disturb non-Muslims caused a stir in the Dewan Rakyat. Lina Joy lost the case and was denied identification as a Christian on her identification card. Leaders of the opposition Islamic party, PAS, have stated the penalty for apostasy – after the apostates are given a period of time to repent and they do not repent – is death. Apostasy is not a federal crime. There are several cases of non-Muslim A court in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has rejected religious conversion for marriage and personal benefit, describing it as unacceptable. They ruled that the syariah court order "is not binding on the plaintiff wife who is non-Muslim". The remaining population consist of 19.8% Buddhist; 9.2% Christian; 6.3% Hindu; 1.3% adherents of traditional Chinese religions and 0.4% other religions. religious belief by teaching them her articles of faith or by making them eat pork" or she would risk losing her children. Written by Nadia Chevroulet. In the state of Perak, for example, apostasy is defined as “(a)ny Muslim who by his word or conduct whatsoever intentionally claims to cease to profess the religion of Islam or declares himself to be non-Muslim.” The crime carries the punishment of up to two years’ imprisonment or a fine of the equivalent of $730. One is the secular justice system based upon laws gazetted by Parliament. The High Court interpreted the term parent to mean father. [citation needed] Many mosques amplify the early prayer call by way of loud speakers, and while in some cases only a few neighbouring homes are affected, some large mosques (for example the State Mosque of Selangor which has speakers on its minarets) have prayer calls which can be heard in a large surrounding area. [81] The ban was overturned in 2014, as Penang lawmakers decreed that the Penang Islamic Religious Administration Enactment law only gave the Mufti permission to pass fatwas for the Muslim community, and that these bans were not enforceable on non-Muslim individuals.[82]. Although there are many current issues related to religion intolerance, racial and religion intolerance had been here in this country as early as 1969. The rationale given was that the court "cannot run away from the fact that the two infant children are now muallaf" (converts to Islam). [58] In August 2017, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Shahidan Kassim declared that "atheism is against the Constitution and the basic human rights" in Malaysia since "there is no provision on atheism" in the Constitution. [28], As Malaysia is a federation, certain matters, such as religion, are handled by state governments. Temple demolitions are only a precursor to other forms of religious persecutions amongst ethnic Indians in Malaysia. First, Article 11 provides that every person has the right to profess and to practice his or her religion and (subject to applicable laws restricting the propagation of other religions to Muslims[1]) to propagate it. PAS, member of parliament Dzulkefly Ahmad, stated that he is against religious pluralism saying that it has "relativised" truth claims, by implying that Islam is the same as other religions. In January 2008, children's Christian books with illustrations of prophets were confiscated from several bookstores around the country. This freedom does not grant a person a right to change his or her religion "at a whim and fancy". Not all non-Muslim charities are granted tax exempt status, it is only given to registered and approved charities, partly to prevent abuse. It even ruled that the infants were "still Hindus at the time of conversion" and that the father should have consulted the mother before converting the infants. Muslims are not allowed to convert to other religions legally, but people of other faiths can convert to Islam. She married a Muslim. The High Court dismissed her application. The fact that Malaysia practices mixed religion makes it have a unique Malaysian culture. 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