Don’t Question The Country’s Official Religion, Says Rais

source: Bernama

KUALA KLAWANG, May 7 (Bernama) — Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim reminded the groups who questioned the country’s official religion to stop such acts as they would not benefit anyone and it cannot be done indiscriminately.

He said that Islam was the official religion of the country and this was not only provided for under the Constitution, but also in accordance with the social contract for independence between the various races.

“The move by certain quarters in questioning Islam as the country’s official religion is considered as breaking away from the social norm and this had never been done before,” he told reporters after the 1Malaysia Jogathon programme, here Saturday.

He said this when commenting on a report in a Malay daily today that certain groups wanted Christianity to become the official religion and the Prime Minister to come from followers of Christianity.

According to the press report, the exposure was made by two blog sites yesterday, namely, ‘bigdog’ through the entry ‘Making Christianity the official religion?’ and the blog ‘Marahku’.

In this context, Rais who is also the Member of Parliament for Jelebu, asked what was the population of Christians, Buddhists or Hindus in the country compared to Muslims.

He said there were more Muslims than those of the other faiths in this country.

Similarly, he said the position of the Prime Minister was provided for under Article 43 of the Constitution.


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