Posted by: becketfund | June 27, 2007

Malaysia: State Sets Harsher Punishments for Proselytism

The Associated Press reports changes to the laws of Kelantan State, Malaysia, will now mean that those found guilty of proselytizing to Muslims will face harsher penalties. Kelantan State, which is governed by the conservative Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, approved the changes on Tuesday, as according to officials, the present situation in the region called for stricter laws to deter proselytism. Prior to this week, those found preaching to Muslims would have been punished with a maximum of two years in prison or a fine amounting to nearly 1,500 USD. Those convicted of proselytizing now face up to five years in prison, fines of 2,800 USD or six lashes with a rattan cane.

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