Malaysia strips Singaporean of immigration privileges in dispute over Muslim prayer room

By Associated Press, Updated: Saturday, August 17, 5:06 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities on Saturday revoked the immigration privileges held by a Singaporean man who offended some Muslims by allegedly letting Buddhists use an Islamic prayer room.

The case has provoked debate about whether the government in Muslim-majority Malaysia is increasingly bowing to pressure by religious conservatives who want stern penalties against people accused of insulting Islam.

Police detained the Singaporean-born owner of a southern Malaysian beach resort for several days earlier this month after he was believed to have allowed Buddhist tourists to meditate in the resort’s Islamic prayer room.

Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Muslim man has been stripped of his “permanent residency” status that enabled him to live and work in Malaysia without visa requirements.

READ MORE HERE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/malaysia-strips-singaporean-of-immigration-privileges-in-dispute-over-muslim-prayer-room/2013/08/17/2b6da968-0746-11e3-bfc5-406b928603b2_story.html

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3 replies

  1. How unfortunate that the Malaysian Officials seem to have no clue of Islamic history. Otherwise they might have known that Prophet Mohammad, peace and blessings of Allah be on him, himself permitted Christians to pray in his mosque in Medina! The hotel owner deserve a medal and not punishment!!! May Allah reward him greatly!!!

  2. A few days back A shik sardar invited local muslims to perform their eid prayers in his gurduara while it was raining and the muslims had no place to pray. All other communities are so big- hearted and we muslims are shrinking ourselves. Our prophet was not like you. So you are not Muhammad (SAWS)’s followers rather you are following some one else.

  3. Not only the great prophet Muhammad allows Christian from St. Catherine Monastery to pray in mosque, he offered them protection.

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