Muslim Leader Touts Unity After Virus-Linked Discrimination

Relations between Cambodian Muslims and others have normalized after souring last month following a spate of Covid-19 infections linked to a religious gathering in Malaysia, a Muslim community leader said on Tuesday.

After some had expressed worries and didn’t want to sell goods to Muslims in March, now Muslims and majority ethnic Khmer people were close again and doing business together, according to Osman Hassan, a prominent Muslim businessman and secretary of state at the Labor Ministry.

Last month, more than 30 people, who had either attended the Malaysia event or had contact with someone who did, tested positive for the virus in Cambodia. Hundreds of positive cases around Southeast Asia were connected to the religious ceremony, which Hassan said was attended by about 80 people who later returned to Cambodia.

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