Finnish Nationals Arrested in Malaysia for Distributing Christian Pamphlets

11/28/2018 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – On November 20, four Finnish nationals, two men and two women between the ages of 27 and 60, were arrested for allegedly passing out Christian pamphlets on the streets in Malaysia.

The group was arrested from their hotel room on Langawi Island, a popular tourist destination. When they were arrested, police went through their rooms and confiscated 336 Christian pamphlets.

Mohamad Iqbal Ibahim told the local media that the arrest was made following complaints from local citizens. The four Christians arrived just two days prior to their arrest and in the two short days the police said that reports regarding their activities had been filed.

The four Christians remain in custody today on the charges of “disturbing religious harmony.” If they are found guilty in court they could face up to five years in a Malaysian prison.

This is the third report of foreigners or Malay nations being arrested for Christian activities in recent weeks. Earlier, five Nigerians were arrest for Christian activities followed by six locals for similar activities.

In Malaysia, it is illegal to convert from Islam to Christianity and therefore it is against the law to evangelize in Malaysia.

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