Religious minority activists in Malaysia discuss problems facing their communities
Malaysia prides itself on being a multi-cultural Muslim country. Its majority population are Malays in ethnicity who follow the Islamic religion. Some eight percent are Indians and about 40 percent Chinese. These ethnic groups profess different religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism, and Christianity. The country also has a significant indigenous population known as Orang Asli.
While most of these communities live peacefully in Malaysia and are able to develop their lives and enjoy their rights, there remain a host of serious issues affecting minorities.
During a recent visit to Kuala Lumpur the MCCBCHST (Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism) helped organise interviews with religious leaders and activists, who discussed some of the main issues affecting minorities. These include restrictions on building non-Islamic places of worship, limitations to certain religious practices, non-Muslims being affected by Islamic law and legal obstacles to inter-religious marriages.
The following pictures are members of MCCBCHST explaining issues affecting minorities.
For a detailed analysis of issues affecting religious minorities see:
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