As we have seen many times before, it is Christian believers from Muslim backgrounds who face the most severe persecution.

Leaving Islam is illegal in almost every state. The government has a policy of favouring Malay and indigenous people in terms of housing, schooling and tax benefits. However, in practice this only applies as long as they are Muslims. If they become Christians, their privileges are quickly withdrawn.

Christians from Muslim backgrounds often meet together in secret. If discovered, they could be forced to divorce their partner. Occasionally they may be sent to a re-education camp, or simply ‘disappear’. Churches are monitored by the government. It is illegal to share the gospel with Muslim neighbours.

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