NECF: Calls for anti evangelicalism laws violates the Federal Constitution

PETALING JAYA: The call to the government to set up "anti evangelicalism laws" violates the Federal Constitution and the prime minister should intervene in this, National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF) said.

Its chairman, Rev Dr Eu Hong Seng (pix), said to attack Christians in this manner violates basic human rights and the protections guaranteed under our Federal Constitution.

"Article 11(1) Federal Constitution clearly provides that every person has a right to profess and practice his religion and, subject to Article 11(4), to propagate it. The Universal Declaration of Human

Rights, of which Malaysia is a signatory, clearly mandates the universal protection of the fundamental human right of the freedom of thought, conscience and religion," he said in a press statement yesterday.

"We call on the Prime Minister to ensure that the rights of every citizen of this country as guaranteed under the Federal Constitution regardless of their religious persuasion be protected, upheld and enforced."

NECF is appalled at the suggestion by the Centre of Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) CEO Azril Mohd Amin to outlaw Christian evangelicalism in Malaysia because it is a "dangerous movement" without producing any supporting evidence.

Eu said reports of both local and international media on extremism and terrorism do not name the involvement of Malaysian evangelical Christians in such activities.