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Netizens protested against a misleading infographic claiming that Malaysia executes people for apostasy – renouncing or leaving one’s religion.
A Tweet made by an international non-religious organization, Humanists International, had placed Malaysia among a map of Muslim countries which it says issues the death sentence to apostates.
The tweet further led to an article that speaks about the freedoms of beliefs and how apostasy is considered a hudud crime in the state of Kelantan and Terengganu.
Read more about the right to apostasy in the world here: https://t.co/4mbziKGfjg— Humanists International (@HumanistsInt) August 12, 2020
Social media users were quick to point out the inaccuracies in Humanists International’s statements.
Besides criticizing the organization’s questionable graphics, netizens also came to correctly state that Malaysia simply does not execute people for apostasy.
I am a Malaysian lawyer. You cannot be sentenced to death in Malaysia for apostasy. The graphic is misleading. https://t.co/MmryLuJoKq— Matthew van Huizen (@vanhuizen_matt) August 14, 2020
Who made this kinda graphics???? I always encountered problem with matsalleh whenever i said “i was from Malaysia “ . They even thought, we legal child marriage, execute for being gay, and many negative comments. Seriously, who the **** did this ??— Yeux ️⃤ (@PardonAlice) August 14, 2020
True. Under civil (criminal) law, only murder, heavy drug case, kidnapping and possession of gun can cause you to be sentenced to death. Even under syariah law prescribe by every state in Msia, it does not mention apostacy to be sentenced to death. This is truly misleading.— برجمبول (@kepalaotakhg) August 14, 2020
Agreed. The graphic representation is wrong about Malaysia. I know because it is a personal experience.— Mas Merah (@mas_merah65) August 14, 2020
The truth to the matter is actually far more complicated.
Freedom of religion and belief is guaranteed under the Malaysian Federal Constitution, the highest law in the land.
However, Malaysia also maintains a parallel justice system that provides a certain level of autonomy to State Governments on the ruling of Islam and enactments in Sharia law.
Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor interprets the nation’s freedoms on religion to be restricted by laws, religious rules, and moral values.
In Malaysia punishments for renouncing Islam vary from state to state and can either include fines, jail time, the reappropriation of property, caning, or even sentenced to Muslim “rehabilitation” centers.
Through the years, there have been many instances of individuals challenging the Shariah courts after publicly declaring that they were no longer Muslim.
Negeri Sembilan Mufti Datuk Mohd Yusof Ahmad was quoted as saying that although Islam does prescribe death to Muslims who renounced their beliefs, the country’s Sharia courts are unable to implement the punishment.
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