Malaysian authorities are investigating two Muslims who sparked complaints after they pretended to be Christians and took Communion at a church service to research a magazine article, officials said on Tuesday.
The investigation poses a fresh challenge for the government in its efforts to reduce religious friction in this
ethnic Malay Muslim-majority country, where religious minorities have complained that their rights are being
sidelined in favor of Islam.
A churchgoer filed a police complaint last week after reading an article in the monthly Malay-language Al-Islam
magazine written by a contributor who described how he attended a Roman Catholic Mass with his friend and hid his
Police federal crime investigations head Mohamad Bakri Zinin said officials were investigating whether the two men
had caused religious disharmony -- a crime that carries a prison sentence of up to five years.
Mohamad Bakri declined to elaborate. It was not clear which part of the men's actions might be considered a breach
of the law. Causing religious disharmony is defined as taking any action that results in ill-will between people of various religions.
The writer said they were trying to confirm rumors that Muslim teenagers were being converted to Christianity in Kuala Lumpur's churches every Sunday.