Cops identify, seek man in viral apostasy clip

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Police have identified the man in a viral video claiming to have persuaded a Muslim woman to leave the faith.

Johor police chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said police visited a house in Perjiranan Dato Onn, Johor Baru, on Friday night to nab the man but he was not there.

“Police received information that the 29-year-old man was in the house but later found that only his father and sister live there so no arrest was made,” he said in a statement today.


Ayob Khan said the Bukit Aman Classified Criminal Investigation Unit (USJT) was probing the case under section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948, section 233 of the Multimedia Communications Act 1998 and sections 298 and 505 (C) of the penal code.

In the short clip, the man claimed that a woman, believed to be his wife, had apostatised at his urging.

The video has received thousands of views.

Malaysian Shariah law prohibits Muslims from converting out of the religion while non-Muslims looking to get married to Muslims are required to convert to Islam for the matrimony to be officially recognised.

A second video later surfaced depicting the man’s wife explaining to the camera how she is a citizen of Indonesia, and that she had gone through the process of converting out of Islam while in Indonesia.