Malaysia may use ISA against religious fundamentalists
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 18:22
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia on Wednesday warned it might use the draconian Internal Security Act against those sparking religious and racial tensions, in the wake of instances of attacks on churches and a gurudwara in this multi-ethnic country.

Malaysian Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said his government would not hesitate to use the draconian law against the assailants citing national security.

"We will not hesitate to use the law including the ISA and will act against anybody irrespective of their background," national news agency Bernama has quoted Hussein as saying.

Hussein's remarks come in the wake of attacks by unidentified assailants on 10 churches here after a high court ruling last month allowing a Catholic newsletter to use the word 'Allah' while referring to God.

Many in this Muslim majority country have objected the court decision as they feel the word 'Allah' should non be used by non Muslims while referring to God.

He said his ministry would investigate and identify those responsible for throwing firebombs at several churches.

Under ISA, a person can be detained without trial for a long period of time.

In another incident, a gurudwara here was pelted with stones last evening by vandals.

Malaysia's 27 million population comprises 60 per cent Malays who are all Muslims, 25 per cent Chinese and eight per cent Indians who are mostly Hindus but also include Sikhs, Christians, Jains.


First Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 18:22

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