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05/10/2021 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – According to UCAnews, Malaysia’s High Court dismissed a lawsuit on May 7 brought by two Christians in response to Malaysian Islamic Party president Abdul Hadi Awang’s accusatory remarks that the two prayed on the poor and uneducated people in impoverished communities.

Referring to Malik and Lawrence, Hadi said the two Christians came to Malaysia because Europe rejected them. “Christian missionaries have taken their teachings to the interior areas of our country, such as in Sabah and Sarawak,” referring to two states in Borneo, a predominantly Christian demographic. 

According to Hadi, Christian outsiders target the poor and uneducated because it is easier to “spread their religion not by using knowledge and reasoned argument but by baiting their targets with money and other forms of aid. This is transgression in the name of religion. It is a danger that must be fought.” 

Judge Akhtar ruled the Christians’ lawsuit a frivolous case that is choking the justice system with unnecessary litigation. “If anybody is to be blamed for seditious tendencies, it is the plaintiff themselves. They resurrected it to make it a new issue,” the judge said. 

Malik and Lawrence are currently appealing the court ruling to fight for their right to evangelize without fear of unfounded claims and trumped-up charges. 

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