In Malaysia, an intimidation campaign aims to turn Muslims against the country's Christian minority through the wide distribution of a book calling Christians “enemies of Islam with bad intentions and spreading lies.”
This is information that cannot be found on the major Western human rights platforms. In Malaysia, a book is attempting to discredit the Christian minority among the majority of Muslims in the country.
First published in 2014, the book titled Pendedahan Agenda Kristian, “Exposing the Christian Agenda,” is now available online in a digital format, as explained by UCANews, a Catholic news portal on May 4, 2021 .
There is nothing original about the content of the book: it warns of an alleged Christian conspiracy that seeks to undermine the very foundations of Islamic civilization.
Christians are portrayed as venal beings who are actually “the enemies of Islam who always have malicious intentions and are the bearers of lies.”
Finally, the book denounces the alleged “hidden agenda” of Christians who would form “a highly cunning organized movement that often operates under the radar.”
The anti-Christian pamphlet, which comes from a leading Islamist organization in the Malay archipelago, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council, has already been shared many times, causing Christians to fear being the target of possible reprisals, they who represent only about 9% of the 32 million inhabitants of the country.
Because if there is one reality, it is that of the Islamization of Malay society which is taking place with great strides, as evidenced by Eugene Yapp, member of the St. Charles Institute, an NGO that works in defense of persecuted Christians.
“Because of the rise of a more extreme religious ideology emphasizing the sovereignty of Islam over other faiths, there are powerful segments within the Malay Muslim community that assert Malaysia is an Islamic state,” Yapp says.
Needless to say that in this plan it could not be more explicit that Christians would hardly find their place.
It should be remembered in this business that Malaysia practices a discriminatory religious policy.
On the Muslim side, a constitutional amendment, dating from 1988, ruled that civil courts do not have jurisdiction over matters falling under Sharia. Now, the “apostasy” of a Muslim falls under Sharia law. As a result, in practice it is impossible for a Muslim to change his religion, even if article 11 of the constitution gives him the freedom to do so.
The political line is also unequivocal on this subject. In May 2014, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said: “We will never tolerate any demand for the right to apostasy by Muslims, and we deny that Muslims can have the right to be tried by courts other than those of Sharia law.”
In the other direction, the Malaysian state bans and sanctions all non-Muslim proselytizing, and encourages conversions to Islam, especially through monetary donations. New converts also have the right to force their children to follow them, even without the approval of their spouse.