Malaysia: Absolutely a Secular State


Many remain confused today about the secular nature of the country.

Whether Malaysia is a secular state or not has become a contentious matter. Since the nation’s independence, there has been constant demand from certain groups to turn Malaysia into an “Islamic state”.

There are also those who claim that the country is founded as an “Islamic state” since Article 3 (1) in the Federal Constitution states that Islam is “the religion of the Federation”, while other religions are allowed to be practiced.

The nation’s secularity was not created in a historical vacuum. Rather, it was meant to address very specific circumstances in Malaya, under the British Empire at that time.

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