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Published: Saturday December 25, 2010 MYT 2:38:00 PM

Sabah to enforce apostasy law

TAWAU: The Sabah Islamic Affairs Department (Jheains) will enforce the apostasy law once its faith rehabilitation centre in Kinarut is ready next year, said its director, Datuk Amri A. Suratman.

He said enforcement of the law was part of Jheains' five-year strategic plan.

Until the rehabilitation centre is ready in June, offenders will be enlightened on the merits of returning to the path of Islam, he told Bernama after closing the Jheains Senior Officers Conference here Friday night.

The conference, among others, touched on scores of Muslim converts, who reverted to their original religions, due to neglect from Islamic religious agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Amri said imams should provide information and counselling to Muslims, especially the younger generation, in their areas to ensure that they understand the syariah law.

On dakwah, he said Jheains would focus its efforts on strategic and rural areas, especially those with a high number of converts, especially on prayers.

"These efforts will be carried out continuously to ensure that Muslim converts are not neglected," he added. - Bernama

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