Parliamentarian Ibrahim Ali is calling on the federal government to come up with an Apostasy Act in response to 21 Muslim NGOs who had urged the government to formulate anti-apostasy laws, Yahoo! News reports.
3/15/2012 Malaysia (Yahoo! News) – Parliamentarian Ibrahim Ali (IND-Pasir Mas) has urged the federal government to come up with an Apostasy Act to address an alleged rise in apostasy among Muslims.
“I think that a Akta Murtad (Apostasy Act) must be passed to handle the apostasy issue,” said the MP today while debating the motion of thanks for the royal address.
He alleged that there are many cases of Muslims who are getting close to other religions and some turning apostates, something which he believe is worrying.
“Presently, there are already Muslims who are turning to the church to find peace,” claimed Ibrahim.
However, the Pasir Mas MP said that blame must also be apportioned to the Muslims themselves as some of the more well to do are not fulfilling their responsibility of helping their less fortunate brethren.
Ibrahim’s call joins the chorus of NGOs who are calling for urgent action against what they say is the rising number of Muslim apostates in the country.
Most prominent of these are former Selangor exco Hasan Ali who is touring the nation to “expose cases of apostasy” which he said is being masterminded by Christian missionaries.
At the height of the controversy of the Damansara Utama Methodist Church raid, 21 Muslim NGOs had urged the federal government to formulate anti-apostasy laws.