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The discussion on whether Malaysia is an Islamic or secular state has been a much hotly debated topic recently. In the governmentâ€™s written answer to a question raised by Oscar Ling Chai Yew (DAP-Sibu) at Dewan Rakyat on 16 June 2014, Jamil Khir, Minister in the Prime Ministerâ€™s Department re-asserted that Malaysia is an Islamic state. This view was supported by Tun Mahathir Mohamad arguing that in an Islamic state like Malaysia, justice applies to all, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. This was re-affirmed by Amin Mulia, the Dewan Rakyatâ€™s Speaker that Malaysia is an Islamic state simply because Islamis the only religion stated in the Federal Constitution. Unlike Turkey and India where the word â€œsecularâ€ is clearly provided in their respective Constitutions, such provision is not found in the Federal Constitution.