Indonesian and Malaysian Muslims Warned Against Valentine's Day

Government officials have launched campaigns against Valentine's Day celebrations amongst Muslim populations in Indonesia and Malaysia, claiming the holiday promotes "vice activities" and "immoral behavior."

In Malaysia, "Avoid the Trap" leaflets urging students to avoid celebrating Valentine's Day have been distributed at universities, and several states plan to carry out hotel checks to halt young couples looking to engage in premarital sex, reports BBC.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says the celebration of romantic love is "not suitable" for Muslims, who make up nearly two-thirds of the 28 million population of Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Amidhan Shaberah, the chairman of the Indonesian Council of Clerics, condemned the holiday. Shaberah says Valentine's Day stems from Christianity and that unmarried Indonesian Muslims who express affection with kisses could end up having sexual relations.

Small groups of a few hundred people also staged protests against Valentine's Day in several cities across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

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