He gathered organisations from all religious faiths which include about 30 participating organisations ranging from the MCCBCHS
, Sisters in Islam, the Council of Churches of Malaysia and etc.
The press was not allowed to attend the session and did not report on the fact that some of those present, including the MCCBCHS as well as a representative from the Federation of Evangelical Christians of Malaysia and some members of the MCA, expressed either concern or outright rejection of the notion that Malaysia was an Islamic state, or that non-Muslims had nothing to worry about.
The MCA and Gerakan held closed-door forums for the MCCBCHS and others invited to hear the same people speak about the Islamic state: the Adviser for Islam to the Prime Minister Tan Sri Hamid Othman; Professor Shad Saleem Faruqui, who is a constitutional law expert from Universiti Teknologi MARA; and Zainah Anwar, the executive director of Sisters in Islam who are activists for the rights of Muslim women and are extremely critical of PAS and conservative ulama.
The MCCBCHS stated the ruling "tramples over the rights of non-Muslim parents." The mother filed an appeal and subsequently fled the country with her children.
According to the MCCBCHS, the Government restricted visas for foreign clergy under the age of 40 to inhibit "militant clergy" from entering the country.
was included among them in a statement issued on 25 November.
The MCCBCHS said the ruling "tramples over the rights of non-Muslim parents." The mother filed an appeal, which was pending at the end of the period covered by this report.
While representatives of non-Muslim groups do not sit on the immigration committee that approves visa requests, the MCCBCHS is asked for its recommendation.