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Associated Press

Posted on February 13, 2011 at 1:34 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 13 at 2:34 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Muslims are debating whether to shun Valentine's Day after the government warned that the celebration was a "trap" that could trigger indecent behavior.

Although no laws prevent Malaysia's Muslim majority from marking the occasion with dinner dates and roses, officials have mounted a campaign insisting that such romantic gestures might tempt young people into having premarital sex.

The country's deputy prime minister says the government is not trying to demean Valentine's Day, but stresses that it is "not suitable" for Muslims, who comprise nearly two-thirds of Malaysia's 28 million people.

Malaysia's top panel of Islamic scholars issued an edict in 2005 criticizing the celebration among Muslims because it has historical links to Christianity and could lead to immoral activities.

Some Muslims disagree, saying it's a harmless celebration.

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