MALAYSIA: Construction of church opposed by locals and NGO
At least 70 local residents and members of an NGO in Malaysia have protested against the construction of a church. They claim that the growing number of Christian places of worship in the area is part of an attempt to evangelise and convert Muslims. This is the third such protest since August.
The Petaling chapter of Pertubuhan Sahabat — the NGO which organised the demonstration — said that there are three churches in the vicinity, although close to 70 percent of the residents in the area are Muslims and predominantly Malay.
The NGO’s spokesman, Ishak Maarof, suggested that the land should have been delineated for the construction of a Hindu temple instead of a church, as, according to him, some 25 percent of the area’s residents were Hindus.