A Malaysian Christian raised in a family of Muslims has finally been permitted to have "Islam" removed from his identity card.
Christians in the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak are struggling against government-funded ploys to entice them to convert to Islam.
A decision to ban hotels from carrying books on non-Islamic religions is further proof of the erosion of the rights of non-Muslims in Malaysia, according to the Malaysia Chronicle.
Malaysia's Christian Federation and Bible Society are both appealing Selangor's administrative authorities to return more than 300 Bibles confiscated months ago in raids by the Islamic Department, according to International Christian Concern.
Aided by police, the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department raided the Bible Society of Malaysia offices in Damansara Kim near Kuala Lumpur earlier this month.
Muslims in Malaysia have demanded that action be taken against those who proselytize Muslims to Christianity as 22 Islamic non-governmental organizations called for laws banning apostasy.
After a controversial church raid this week, two Malay newspapers alleged that Christian organizations were offering cash to convert poverty-stricken Muslim families.
Two Muslims have been sentenced to five years imprisonment by a Malaysian court for torching a Protestant church, Worthy News has learned on August 13.
Malaysian police said Tuesday, January 12, they have identified their first suspect in attacks on some 10 churches and Christian buildings amid a dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims.
Worshipers of a Pentecostal church that was burned by suspected Islamic arsonists in a suburb of the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur have forgiven those who destroyed their building, a senior pastor said Sunday.
Arsonists in Malaysia attacked a fourth church in the capital Kuala Lumpur after a High Court decision to end a government ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims, church officials said.
Malaysia's government was still refusing Saturday, November 7, to release some 15,000 imported Bibles because the word "Allah" for God appears in them, officials said.
A civil court on Aug. 5 denied a woman's appeal to renounce Islam in favor of Christianity, highlighting the jurisdictional disputes in Malaysia's dual legal system.
An indigenous church community has filed a lawsuit against local authorities in the state of Kelantan over the demolition of their church building on June 4, 2007.
Adding to the furor over whether non-Muslims have the right to use the word "Allah" in their publications and religious practice, on January 11 online news agency Malaysiakini reported that officials confiscated English-language Christian children's books because they contained images of prophets.