MALAYSIA – Finns held in Muslim Malaysia over ‘Christian Pamphlets’

Channel NewsAsia | Nov. 21, 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Four Finns have been arrested on a holiday island in Muslim-majority Malaysia for allegedly distributing pamphlets about Christianity, police said Wednesday (Nov 21), and may face up to five years in jail.

Religion is a deeply sensitive issue in Malaysia, where more than 60 per cent of the populaton is Muslim, and critics say rising conservatism has chipped away at a traditionally tolerant brand of Islam in recent years.

Authorities detained the two men and two women on Tuesday after receiving complaints from members of the public that they were handing out Christian materials on the popular resort island of Langkawi, said local police chief Mohamad Iqbal Ibrahim.

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