Malaysian Christians leaving Malaysia?

By April 13, 2015
(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

(Photo courtesy Open Doors USA)

Malaysia (MNN) — Laws imposing Sharia (Islamic) law in one state in Malaysia are on hold, as secular government and Christians leaders cry “foul.” In 1993, the State of Kelantan passed legislation that allowed for beatings and even amputations as punishment for theft and other actions considered crimes under the Koran.

Currently, they those laws can’t be enforced. Why? They violate Malaysia’s constitution. What could allow them to be imposed? A change in Malaysia’s constitution.

Is this possible?

A Christian friend of Mission Network News, who lives in Malaysia says, “Not right now.” However, “As creeping Islamization continues, as Muslims continue to have many more children than non-Muslims, the demographics will continue to change.”

We’re not identifying the friend of MNN for security reasons. He says Malaysia is considered a Muslim nation: “This was meant as a ceremonial religion. That means, if you need a religious ceremony for a state function, then it should be Islam. [It’s similar to] the U.K. — if you need a religious function [there], it’s the Church of England.”

Creeping Islamization is changing that philosophy. Our MNN friend in Malaysia says that’s revealing itself in what some call Little Mullah Napoleons. What are they? “Civil servants who are Muslims in position of certain authority, arbitrarily making rules that restrict the freedom of non-Muslims.”

Our friend believes it’s getting worse. “There’s the general feeling among non-Muslims, and even among moderate Muslims, that we’re losing the secular nature of our state.”

Muslims and non-Muslims alike are concerned that the Islamic State (or Daesh) could make its way into the country. He doesn’t think that will happen…yet. “Certainly the ruling coalition government is firmly against it because they would be dead if Daesh ever takes over. [And], the average Muslim, I think, in Malaysia, would be appalled if Daesh ever takes over.”

Despite that, Malaysian Christians are concerned about their religious freedom. It’s created a “spirit drain,” of sorts. “A lot of Christians in Malaysia have left the country–moved to greener pastures like in Australia and the United States. We’ve had Christian leaders who have written and spoken out about this issue saying, ‘Look, are you serving Christ, or are you serving mammon?'”

Legislators intend on bringing up the restructured Kelantan Sharia legislation in parliament, but almost all parties, both from the ruling coalition and the opposition coalition, oppose doing so.

Our friend is asking you to pray for Christians who are ethnic Chinese, Tamil, Indian, natives, and other people groups. “We’ve got religion. We’ve got politics. It’s all mixed in. Christ has called us to do something in this country. We as the church need to stay strong. Some of us need to get strong in the first place.”

Open Doors USA is asking you to pray for Malaysia Muslim-background believers who are underground. They face incredible oppression. Pray that God will give them wisdom as they grow in their faith and that they would have an impact on family and friends as they begin to see a change in their lives.

2 Comments

  • Debbie says:

    My prayers are with you.

  • sam says:

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    In the year 1999, God called him to do His Ministry and Pastor Samuel is obeyed His call doing His service among Hindu & Muslim community People. We are established 11 Church Congregations and appointed 11 Pastors, who are young, anointed and dedicated to the service of God. It is not an easy matter to proclaiming the good news of the gospel among Hindu & Muslim community People in India. So many times, we are facing several hardships in spreading the word of God; however, we are reaching the unreached with utmost Faith only. You are aware India is the Hindu Country and it stood 2nd in population in the World. Christians are minorities than Muslims.
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    Invitation to you to India:
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    Here, we are praying God for you, your Dear Family members, abundance of your Ministry and requesting you kindly consider our invitation to visit India soon. We shall await for your further valuable and fruitful response at an earliest in this regard with hopefully and prayerfully in Christ.
    With much love in Christ Jesus.
    Thanking you,
    Yours Brother in His mighty service
    Pastor Samuel Diamond Babu
    Founder & Director
    Fragrance Grace Ministries
    India.     

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