International Religious Freedom Report for 2016

Executive Summary The constitution states Islam is the “religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practiced in peace and harmony.” Federal and state governments have the power to control doctrine among Muslims and promote Sunni Islam above all other religious groups. Other forms of Islam are illegal and subject to action by religious ...
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Malaysia 2015 International Religious Freedom Report

Released August 10, 2016 Executive Summary The constitution declares that “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practiced in peace and harmony.” State and federal governments have the power to “control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam.” The government, ...
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Ambassador Coppedge Discusses Trafficking in Persons with Malaysian Officials and Civil Society

Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Susan Coppedge visited Malaysia July 25-26 for meetings with senior representatives of the Malaysian government, including the Deputy Prime Minister, to discuss strategies to combat human trafficking. Ambassador Coppedge presented the findings of the 2016 TIP Report to Malaysia’s interagency anti-trafficking council and led a discussion on ...
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Sharing a “Buka Puasa” with Rohingya Refugee Children

Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Edgard Kagan and staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur honored the spirit of Ramadan by sharing “Buka Puasa” with over one hundred children and administrators at “Rumah Anak-Anak Yatim Al-Sagaff, Selayang,” a home for Rohingya refugee children. In his remarks, DCM Kagan applauded the home owner, Tuan Syed ...
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Lincoln Corner Kedah Hosts Political Officer Jennifer Spande for Discussion on Trafficking in Persons

On April 14, about 40 participants, including about 20 police, customs, and immigration officials and a Kedah state assemblyman attended a talk on Trafficking in Persons by U.S. Embassy Political Officer Jennifer Spande.  A lively discussion ensued after the participants asked Jennifer about Malaysia’s tier ranking in recent years, including specifics on waivers for Tier ...
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Students from Dignity for Children Foundation Participates in the Junior NBA Open Clinic

40 students from the Dignity for Children Foundation participated in the Junior NBA Open Clinic at the IGB International School in Sierramas on Saturday, April 2, 2016. The clinic lead by Junior NBA Head Coach, Craig Brown was also open to students from various schools. In total, there were over 400 students who participated in the event. The clinic ...
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