PRESS STATEMENT: Momogun National Congress (MNC) has urged NRD to stop the “paper conversion” of poor and illiterate Dusun and Murut villagers to Islam by irresponsible NRD officials without these villagers going through actual conversion to Islam.
MNC President Datuk Henrynus Amin in a statement said MNC is deeply disturbed by reports of NRD officials illegally changing the religious status of unsuspecting Dusun and murut villagers without getting the necessary consent from those affected.
Henrynus said there must be an immediate investigation into allegations of poor and illiterate Dusun and Murut villagers who are non Muslim being illegally reclassified by NRD as Muslim in their identity cards.
“There are numerous reports of families facing difficulty due to their religious status as Muslim in their identity card when in fact they are not Muslim”, he said.
Henrynus said immediate actions must be taken against rouge elements within NRD who are illegally manipulating the national data system with impunity.
He said recent reports in the press reinforced popular public perceptions that there exist conspiracy to target illiterate and unsuspecting Dusun and Murut villagers for paper conversion to Islam.
“While religious conversion from one religion to another is quite common in Sabah, illegally changing the religious status of poor, illiterate and unsuspecting villagers without their consent is serious crime”, said Henrynus who is former Member of Parliament for Kinabalu (now Ranau).
MOMOGUN NATIONAL CONGRESS (MNC)