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ICC Note:

A recent poll in Malaysia found that over ten percent do not believe religious freedom is practiced in Malaysia. More than 80 percent of the country agreed that Islam is the official religion of the country, and they are right. The country’s Constitution says. “Islam is the religion of the Federation, but other religions may be practiced in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.” In the past few months Christian pastors and human rights activists have begun disappearing in Malaysia. The government’s inability to produce any meaningful results in their cases, and the professional nature of their abductions, has led some to ask if the disappearances were performed with the government’s permission, or perhaps even collusion. In the most high-profile case, that of Pastor Raymond Koh, not a single lead has been produced as to finding his whereabouts and many fear he is now dead.

5/26/2017 Malaysia (Malay Online) – A recent national survey by market research firm Kajidata showed that around one in 10 Malaysians did not agree that religious freedom is practised here although Malaysia is a multi-faith country.

The survey to gauge Malaysians’ thoughts on the Transformasi Nasional 2050 (TN50) initiative, with a focus on unity and prosperity, also found that roughly the same disagreed with Islam as the religion of the federation.

When polled, 10.7 per cent respondents disagreed with Islam as “the official religion in Malaysia”, compared to 82.5 per cent who agreed.

Meanwhile, 11.4 per cent disagreed with “religious freedom that is currently practised peacefully in Malaysian”, compared to 80 per cent otherwise.

Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution states that “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.”

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