Malaysia government related Islamic finance group Takaful has issued an official statement on their website to apologize for the misunderstanding caused by an email sent that ‘advice’ Muslim employees not to greet Hindus Happy Deepavali.

The email was sent by Takaful’s religious department chief, Mohamed Fauzi Mustaffa. It took a while before the news was verified and spread to the public, with the government and public strongly critisizing the email for its narrow interpretation of Islam.

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