Kelantan Enactment (Amendment) on Control of Propagation of Non-Islamic Religions passed

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KOTA BAHARU: The Kelantan state assembly sitting yesterday unanimously approved the Control and Restriction on the Propagation of Non-Islamic Religions Enactment (Amendment) 2014, which provides for the police and deputy public prosecutor to assist in enforcing the law.

State Islamic Development, Propagation, Information and Regional Relations Committee chairman, Datuk Mohd Nassuruddin Daud who proposed the amendment, said with the amendment, the enactment was made uniform with that of other states.

When met later, he said previously, enforcement action could only be taken by the enforcement officers of the Kelantan Islamic Religious Affairs Department.

Under the enactment which was passed in 1981, anyone who persuades or instigates a Muslim to convert to another religion, or to lean towards that religion to the extent of leaving or disliking Islam, could face legal action.

Those convicted of the offence could be fined up to RM10,000 or jailed for up to five years, or both, or could also face whipping.

The state assembly sitting yesterday adjourned sine die. — Bernama