Malaysia to set up interfaith committee

Malaysia will set up an interfaith committee to promote religious harmony, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.

Malaysia to set up interfaith committee

Malaysia will set up an interfaith committee to promote religious harmony, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday.

The interfaith committee will look into religious groups' disputes with one another and promote understanding among them, Koh Tsu Koon, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, was quoted by the online version of the Star newspaper as saying.

The development came a week after the government dropped a caning sentence imposed on a woman for drinking beer.

The woman, Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, was sentenced to six strokes of the cane and a fine after she was caught drinking beer by Islamic enforcement officials two years ago at a hotel lounge in the central state of Pahang.

Malaysia practises a dual-track legal system, with Islamic criminal and family law applicable to Muslims. Non-Muslims, who make up about 45 percent of the Southeast Asian country's 28 million residents, are subject to civil law.

Reuters

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