Edict to confess on faith
Malaysia will soon require non-Muslims to inform their family before converting to Islam, a move welcomed by minority religious groups, who said it will help ease ethnic and interfaith tensions. The planned rule aims to prevent religious disputes of the kind that have frequently erupted after the death of ethnic Chinese or Indian converts. In many cases families were unaware of the conversions and were angered when Islamic authorities seized the bodies for Muslim burial. The Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, said after meeting Islamic authorities on Thursday that the Government wanted to avoid such controversies. “If people want to convert, there is nothing wrong. Why must they hide?” he was quoted as saying in The Star.