Stop manipulating religious text: PUM

(Bernama) – The Ulama Association of Malaysia (PUM) has urged Sisters In Islam (SIS) and secularist groups to stop manipulating religious texts to suit their secular perspective, including the issue of religious freedom.

PUM secretary-general Dr Mohd Roslan Mohd Noor described their action as defamation of religions and part of the manifestation of ‘religionfobia’.

“It has been considered a crime at national and international level. PUM supports action in terms of legislation, education, media and the like to ensure that the religion is not denied its right in the name of human rights,” he said in a statement tonight.

A pro-opposition news portal report recently quoted SIS as saying that religious freedom must include the freedom to change religion.

“How can Muslims demand this notion of religious freedom for those wishing to convert to Islam and at the same time argue the denial of this freedom to leave Islam for those who no longer believe,” SIS said in the statement.

A pro-opposition news portal, in a report on Nov 3, quoted Nurul Izzah Anwar as saying that people should not be compelled to adopt a particular religion, and that this should also apply to the Malays.

“When you ask me, there is no compulsion in religion … how can anyone say sorry, this (religious freedom) only applies to non-Malays, it has to apply equally,” she was quoted as saying when speaking at a forum on “Islamic State: Which version; Who’s responsibility?” in Subang Jaya.