Following the commotion over a photo that went viral of an Atheist Republic gathering, the police have cautioned non-believers against causing any “unease” among Malaysians, especially the majority Muslims.
“I wish to advise atheists to not cause unease among Malaysians, particularly Muslims who are against those who are irreligious,” Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar reportedly told the media,
“Their activities must not cause unease. I am warning them. Don’t think you can do whatever you want. Be mindful of the law,” Khalid said.
When asked whether reports have been lodged by atheists over alleged violent and death threats from Muslims, the IGP did not comment.
“If they receive threats, which is a violation of the law, we will investigate and take action,” he was quoted saying.
The photo of the gathering by the Kuala Lumpur chapter of the Canadian-based Atheist Republic created an uproar from some in the Muslim community after it was highlighted by pro-Islamist blogs, leading to threats of violence and death on social media.
Deputy minister in charge of Islamic affairs Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki had said that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), as well as the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) would investigate Muslims who took part in the Atheist Republic gathering.