Atheism in Malaysia must be crushed, says deputy PM

Atheism in Malaysia must be crushed, says deputy PM November 25, 2017

Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, above, Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister, has proposed that any ideology deemed to be a threat to the ‘sanctity of Islam’ should be made illegal.
According to this report, Dusuki, who is also Deputy Minister in charge of Religious Affairs, warned that atheism is “unconstitutional”.
He was responding to a question posed by Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud in Parliament on Thursday (November 23) when he said that atheism “contradicts” both the Malaysian Federal Constitution and the Rukunegara (Malaysia’s National Principles).
He cited the first principle in the Rukunegara, which is “Belief in God” and Article 11 in the Federal Constitution.

We need to understand, that in the Malaysian context, our Federal Constitution states that freedom of religion is not freedom from religion,
It is unconstitutional to say we can spread ideologies that incite people to leave a religion or profess no religion at all.

Article 11 states that while every person in Malaysia has the right to practice their religion, the federal law may control what is told to among people practicing Islam.
The Government can draw up any legal provisions necessary to prevent such beliefs and doctrines, which is deemed to be a threat to the sanctity of Islam.
He added that atheism:

Goes against the laws of public order and morality. For instance, anyone who tries to spread ideologies and doctrines that promote atheism and similar beliefs, which tarnish the sanctity of other religions, can be charged under the Sedition Act.

He is not the first politician to speak out against atheism in Malaysia. In August, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim warned of action against a group of Malaysians who were part of the group “Atheist Republic”, following threats against them in social media.

Dusuki expressed irritation that attempts to curb the spread of atheism via the Internet wasn’t having much success, and that Facebook had refused to take down atheist pages despite a request from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

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  • Broga

    Dream on, Dusuki.

  • sowa

    Islam entrenched itself within legal system and now is threatening minorities? Wow, what a surprise.
    Notice this phrase “Malaysian context”. I don’t know what it means but something tells me it’s a codeword for “my bias”. Feel free to correct me.
    Also freedom of religion in “Malaysian context” apparently means persecution of unbelievers. Another wordplay by totalitarian ideology.

  • Michael Glass

    This is not the first time that a Muslim authority has commented on the “danger” of atheism. They are right, of course. Atheism is a threat to the power base of militant Islam, and it’s such a subtle and invisible threat. Muslims know full well that atheism could strike in any family, no matter how pious. They know that atheistic ideas a spreading fast. And there’s not much that they can do about it, except persecution. See

  • L.Long

    ALL Dogmas require every not within the power structure to be non-thinking and preferred to be stoopid. And most atheists are thinkers of some form, a real danger to dogmatic BS!!!

  • phhht

    Anyone who wishes to do so can easily crush atheism. All he has to do is to present even one piece of testable evidence for the reality of his gods – and the test too, of course.
    But no religious believer has ever managed to pull that off.

  • 1859

    I think atheism should be crushed. I mean it was atheists who murdered 305 people in an Egyptian mosque during last Friday’s prayers; it was atheists who threw gay men off buildings; atheists again who set fire to pilots trapped in cages; atheists who sought and still seek racial purity in Poland and Russia; atheists who rape children in atheist churches and, don’t forget, it was atheists who brought down the Twin Towers in New York. You may call this fake news and, to be fair, I’m not sure of all my facts, but it is obvious that when people like atheists infect others with their ideas, you can always expect the worst to happen. The proof is everywhere!

  • barriejohn

    The bizarre fact here is that anyone could possibly posit that atheism is a threat to freedom of religion, but that different religious belief systems can coexist in perfect harmony (with Islam especially). Does this man know NOTHING about history? And atheism is neither a belief or doctrine!

  • barriejohn

    PS Which type of Islam, precisely, does he consider sacred?

  • Johan

    Yes but islam in all its bastardised and immiscible mutations WILL be crushed by the relentless irresistable forces of reason rationality and evidence. The arrogant prick in the stupid hat is an absolute looser and he knows it. All he needs to do to realise how useless islam really is, is to count the number of muslim Science Nobel Laureates. He will only need the opposed digit on his left hand to get the right answer and then he can stick it up his own rectum while he contemplates why he is such a fool.

  • AgentCormac

    I’m not surprised he’s concerned. The access to information which the internet provides means that religion is losing its traditional grip on the minds of the masses. People can now read about ideas that were previously off limits to them. And as Victor Hugo said, ‘Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come’.

  • It is Political Islam (Islamism) that must be crushed. Practice Islam as much as you want – but keep it separate from state and stop seeking to enforce and impose your religious dogma on others. The same way we atheists believe you should be free to practice your religion, the same you should acknowledge and accept that we are free not to follow your religion.

  • Johan

    And nothing is weaker than an idea that time has passed by.

  • Angela_K

    Of course secularism and atheism is threat to the vested interests of those religious leaders who benefit by having a control mechanism for the gullible; they aren’t going to give that up easily.

  • Italian Scallion

    Religion is unconstitutional and should be crushed.

  • Maggie

    Does he explain how to get people to believe in an invisible sky fairy when they think the concept of a deity is utterly ridiculous?

  • barriejohn

    There is obviously a struggle for “hearts and minds” going on in Malaysia. Pity that free thought isn’t on the agenda!