KUALA LUMPUR: Finnish citizens have been advised to respect Malaysian laws and regulations and pay heed to local religious adherences, says Finland’s ambassador to Malaysia, Petri Puhakka.
These reminders were essential as they were already laid out in the travel advisory section of the embassy’s web page, he said.
Referring to the recent repatriation of four Finnish nationals who were arrested after allegedly distributing religious materials containing texts from the Bible, he said:
“Our embassy was well aware of the case, and we were constantly in touch with the Malaysian authorities in following its developments. I think it is also fair to say that in general, Finns are known to follow laws and regulations,” he told Bernama.
The envoy, however, could not elaborate on the merits of the case due to Finnish privacy laws, while expressing appreciation to the Malaysian authorities for the good cooperation in handling the case.
“The bilateral relations between Finland and Malaysia are strong, and the embassy is doing its best to further enhance and nurture this relationship.
“Malaysia is a unique example of a multicultural society, where several cultures and religions can co-exist,” he said in the statement. — Bernama