State exco member Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said the Penang Islamic Affairs Department (JAIPP) has yet to identity those concerned.
“We have taken the initiative to investigate this issue. We still cannot identify them (those who are responsible)," Abdul Malik (right) told Malaysiakini today.
According to a news report, two foreigners had allegedly tried to spread Christianity to Muslims in Penang last Thursday.
API alleged that two Caucasian men, who appeared to be tourists, had approached these target groups and asked them about tourist attractions around the city.
The duo used cash and basic necessities as bait to attract people during Ramadan, the group said.
“A trishaw rider admitted to having received RM50 and said he was promised basic necessities. He even said the two men would return the next day to convert him," API deputy chairperson Asti Toba was quoted as saying.
Abdul Malik said the investigation has run into difficulties and that the department has yet to ascertain the truth about the two men.
“There are two possible scenarios. Either they came to Penang for a vacation and then met with people and talked, or they came here for the purpose of preaching Christianity,” he said.
Abdul Malik explained that the department has yet to get hold of any evidence, and could not be certain as to when the investigation will be concluded.
“We cannot estimate how long it will take because we still have not received any results.
“We are investigating this on our own. We will only refer to the police and Immigration Department if we find them guilty of preaching Christianity.
“We will also refer to the prosecutors when we have identified the individuals involved. Only then we will know under which law they can be prosecuted."