Islamic authorities killing intellectual discourse in Malaysia, says G25 founder

Asila Jalil

G25 founder Mohd Sheriff Kassim says the detention of Mustafa Akyol has scared other Islamic scholars from visiting the country. – YouTube pic, November 18, 2017.

MALAYSIA’S Islamic authorities are curbing freedom of speech and preventing intellectual discourse to the detriment of the Muslim community, G25 founding member Mohd Sheriff Kassim said at a forum today.

Citing the detention of Turkish author and journalist Mustafa Akyol in September, Sheriff said holding talks on Islam should not be subjected to the same rules requiring credentials and approval to preach or teach on Islam.

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