There is new hope for ex-Muslim converts to Christianity in Malaysia after the recent landmark ruling allowed a Muslim man to officially renounce Islam and legally embrace Christianity.
Muslims can now openly become Christians instead of hiding like before
Article 5(vii) The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion
Muslims can leave Islam and/or convert to other religions.
The ICERD specifically refers to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
This means Article 153 and other Articles in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia that violate this principle need to be repealed, the New Economic Policy (NEP) included.
A Malaysian court affirmed the right of a former Muslim to convert to Christianity in a landmark ruling handed down just before Easter 2016.
Rooney Rebit converted to Christianity in 1999 and was baptized at age 24, according to World Watch Monitor. But he was officially considered Muslim due to his parents’ conversion to Islam when he was 8.Rebit asked authorities to legally declare him a Christian and affirm his right to believe in Jesus. He also wanted the National Registration Department to change his identity card and for his state’s religious department and Islamic Council to officially release him from Islam.
Rebit asked authorities to legally declare him a Christian and affirm his right to believe in Jesus. He also wanted the National Registration Department to change his identity card and for his state’s religious department and Islamic Council to officially release him from Islam.
A recent court ruling in Malaysia is seen as good news for a religious freedom there, the decision allows for a Muslim man to officially change his religion to Christianity. We all know, Malaysia is one of the Muslim Nation where Christians were being oppressed and persecuted, but this good news made the Christian people living there see hope that anytime there could be changes with regards to this appeal. People should have the right to choose their religion. Christians have the right to choose their own faith.