Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Muslims can convert, said Abdullah Badawi

The news article below was reproduced from Channel News Asia at webpage http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/287174/1/.html, published July 10, 2007:

“Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi has called on the country's religious departments to listen to the problems raised by those wanting to renounce Islam and find a solution for them.

He was speaking to reporters after opening an Islamic conference in Putrajaya on Monday. The Malaysian leader has urged Islamic teachers to be more understanding and provide a listening ear to those who want to leave the religion.

He made this point when speaking to reporters after opening an Islamic conference in Putrajaya. Mr Abdullah says: "I have always said to the religious officers that they must listen to what their grouses are. Is it that they are disappointed with certain things that happened and because of that they want to leave the religion of Islam?"

Asked about the growing number of religious disputes dominating news headlines, he clarified that Muslims can leave the religion but they must first bring the matter to the state religious authorities.

Mr Abdullah says: "This is not something that cannot be done. It has happened before. Those who have decided to leave the religion for some reason, they don't want to be Muslims anymore, what can you do? If they want to leave the religion, what are you going to do?"

But he stressed that religious officers must offer counselling and find out what was behind the intention to renounce Islam.

Under Malaysia's Syariah law, it is the duty of religious authorities to determine whether a Muslim should be allowed to leave the religion or not.”

Why pick on Nurul Izzah? What she was supposed to have said was nothing compared to what the former Malaysian prime minister advocated.

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