Michael Ang, a popular Malaysia TV drama director, has revealed that he converted to Islam a year ago, saying he does not want people to be confused when they see him entering the mosque to perform prayers, New Straits Times reported.
“Alhamdulillah, I’ve been a Muslim for more than a year now and I’m now ready to tell Malaysians about this,” he said on Instagram.
Ang, whose full name is Ang Hai Swee added: “I’m a new kid on the block, so please correct me when I’m wrong. Pray that I change for the better, and I apologize for keeping it a secret. I felt that it was a matter between God and I, and my loved ones.”
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Assalamaulikum! Saya Budak baru Kalau ada salah tlg tegur. Doa kan la Yg baik2. Maaf Kalau saya rahsiakan ni dah lebih dari setahun. Cuba I rasa pekara ni ada lah antara saya dgn Allah dan keluarga saya. Kalau nak tgk pengakuan saya tgk la video ni https://youtu.be/1LIc5-tT7og @officialriax
The popular director also added a link to a YouTube video in which he spoke about his conversion to Islam.
Ang said that he was still learning about his newfound faith from religious teachers and had begun attending Friday prayers.
The Malaysian constitution grants freedom of religion and makes the country an officially secular state while establishing Islam as the “religion of the Federation”.
According to the 2010 Census figures of the National Population and Housing, approximately 61.3% of the country’s population practice Islam.