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Published: Saturday December 24, 2011 MYT 2:44:00 PM

Existing laws adequate to deal with apostasy

KUALA LUMPUR: Almost all states in Malaysia have enforced the Enactment on the Control and Restriction of the Propagation of Non-Islamic Religion to Muslims to deal with the problem of apostasy, except Perak.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said Perak already had the enactment, but the law had yet to be enforced.

Only Penang, the Federal Territory, Sabah and Sarawak, did not have the law, he said in a statement issued here Saturday.

He said the provisions in the existing law were adequate to deal with the issue on apostasy.

"It is sufficient for all states to step up enforcement of the existing law to address the problem," he said.

On Friday, Jamil Khir said many people were not aware that such a law existed, resulting in calls for such a law to be


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