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08/31/2020 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – A Malaysian member of the parliament refuses to apologize to Christians for saying that the Bible has been “manipulated” or “corrupted.” He also said that Christians should not be offended, claiming his statement was “a fact.”

Pasir Puteh MP Nik Muhammad Zawawi Nik Salleh made the offensive remark on August 26, during a parliament debate on the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020 on drunk driving. When a fellow Christian parliamentarian, Beruas MP Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, corrected Nik Zawawi that Christianity does allow alcohol consumption, but condemns intoxication and debauchery, Nik Zawawi responded by claiming the Bible has been distorted from its original meaning.

His remarks invited heavy criticism from Malaysian Christian groups. The Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) came out to demand Nik Zawawi retract his remarks and tender a public apology to all Christians, according to Malay Mail.

Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii, also a Christian, also condemned Nik Zawawi as “Members of Parliament should show an example to promote unity and not divide us.” He added that Zawawi’s statement sets a bad precedent in Parliament.

However, Zawawi told Malaysiakini that there is no need for him to apologize to Christians. “They have no right to be offended. What I said was not an accusation, but a fact,” he said.

In the Muslim-majority Malaysia, Christians only take up 9% of the population. It is also illegal to convert a Malay Muslim to Christian. If you are born a Malay, you are automatically a Muslim.

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