Last Updated: Mon Nov 01, 2010 20:17 pm (KSA) 17:17 pm (GMT)

Malaysia jails Muslim woman for teapot worship

The Sky Kingdom cult compound (File)
The Sky Kingdom cult compound (File)

A Malaysian court on Monday jailed a woman follower of a bizarre cult centered around a giant tea pot for declaring herself an apostate while she was still a Muslim, news agency Bernama said.

Apostasy is a criminal offence in mainly Muslim Malaysia, whose state religion is Islam but which tolerates other major religions.

An Islamic court in the northeastern state of Terengganu sentenced Kamariah Ali, a 57-year-old former teacher, to two years in jail after she was found guilty of apostasy and refused to repent, Bernama said.

"What she did was not within the concept of freedom of religion," Bernama quoted judge Mohamad Abdullah as saying.

Kamariah, a widow with four children, was arrested in 2005 along with 57 other followers of the bizarre Sky Kingdom cult built around a giant teapot.

The outlawed sect, headed by a man who says he is God and owner of everything, believes the teapot has healing properties.

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