Malaysia to de­port four Finns for dis­tribut­ing Chris­tian items

Truro Daily News - - RELIGION -

Four Fin­nish tourists will be de­ported and barred from re­turn­ing to Malaysia af­ter they were de­tained for dis­tribut­ing Chris­tian ma­te­ri­als on a re­sort is­land in the Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try, po­lice said Tues­day.

e two women and two men, aged be­tween 27 and 60, were ar­rested Nov. 20 at their ho­tel in north­ern Langkawi is­land af­ter po­lice re­ceived sev­eral com­plains that they were hand­ing out Chris­tian ma­te­ri­als in pub­lic places. Po­lice also seized 47 pens with Bible verses and 336 note­books con­tain­ing texts from the Bible.

Langkawi po­lice chief Mo­hamad Iqbal Ibrahim said the four, in­clud­ing a mar­ried cou­ple, have been handed over to the im­mi­gra­tion de­part­ment fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion by pub­lic prose­cu­tors to de­port them.

He said they will also be black­listed and the Chris­tian ma­te­rial seized will be de­stroyed.

e at­tor­ney-gen­eral’s o ce will send a let­ter to Fin­land’s em­bassy to ex­press dis­plea­sure over their con­duct, he added.

Pros­e­ly­tiz­ing of Mus­lims, who com­prise nearly two-thirds of Malaysia’s 31 mil­lion peo­ple, by mem­bers of other re­li­gions is for­bid­den in Malaysia, although the re­verse is al­lowed. Mus­lims are also not legally per­mit­ted to change re­li­gion.

Fin­nish news agency STT re­ported that one of those de­tained be­longs to Joosua Mis­sio, a Fin­nish Chris­tian youth group known for pro­mot­ing healthy life­styles and tour­ing the Nordic coun­try’s mu­sic fes­ti­vals with their own “Fin­land to Je­sus” bus.

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