According to the Barisan Nasional (BN) deputy chairman, these were efforts by foreign influences who are trying to divide the Muslims in the country, backed by masterminds from among Malaysian Muslims themselves.
“We cannot be careless, the challenge against Islam’s position comes in many ways,” Muhyiddin (left) said at a meet-and-greet session with employees of Islamic agencies at the Usamah bin Zaid Mosque in Wangsa Maju here.
“There are parties who are becoming more strident in demanding freedom of religion without limits, including the right for Muslims to become apostates,” he said.
Last year, PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar came under attack from several religious hawks and Umno politicians following her remarks at a public forum on “Islamic State: Which version, whose responsibility?” in Subang Jaya on November 3.
The conservatives alleged that her remarks meant she supported Muslims who renounced Islam and turned “murtad” or apostate.