Muslims In Malaysia Force Church To Take Down Its Cross

Malaysia has ordered an investigation into a protest by Muslim demonstrators who forced a small church in the capital to take down its cross, the latest sign of growing religious tension in the multiracial Southeast Asian nation. Prime Minister Najib Razak said his Cabinet had discussed the protest in the mainly Muslim Kuala Lumpur suburb of Taman Medan and that demonstrators could be charged under Malaysia’s controversial Sedition Act. “If they are found to have violated the country’s law, action will be taken under the Sedition Act or other existing laws,” Najib said in a statement issued late on Tuesday. Malaysian media reported that a group of about 50 protesters had demonstrated outside the on Sunday because they believed the cross, one of the central symbols of Christianity, posed a challenge to Islam and could sway the faith of young people.

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