Malaysia church slams Islamic officials over raid

Islamic authorities in Malaysia are sometimes wary about Muslims being at church events.

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Christian officials have accused Islamic authorities of unlawfully entering a church and harassing guests at a community dinner.

The incident could re-ignite criticism that authorities in this Muslim-majority country persistently fail to respect the rights of religious minorities.

Pastor Daniel Ho says at least 20 officers from central Selangor state`s Islamic affairs department and police entered a Methodist church`s hall without a warrant on Wednesday and took photographs of a dinner attended by more than 100 people.
Ho said on Thursday the officers recorded details of several Muslim guests at the dinner. Islamic authorities are sometimes wary about Muslims being at church events because of fears of attempts to convert them.

Bureau Report

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