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TO GO WITH AFP STORY "Malaysia-religion-Islam-Shiite,FEATURE" by Romen Bose This picture taken on January 14, 2011 shows Malaysian Shiite Muslims attending a religious gathering inside their worship place in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Like other Muslims they read the Koran and face Mecca to pray, but the Shiite community in Malaysia is considered a "deviant sect" and faces harassment in the multicultural country. Religious authorities in December arrested 200 Shiites as they observed the holy day of Ashura, accusing them of threatening national security in a country where most of the 16.5 million Muslims are members of the Sunni sect. AFP PHOTO/Saeed KHAN / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN

February 2, 2018 7:05 PM (UTC+8)