Rabat - Muslims and non-Muslims found celebrating Christmas openly in Brunei could face up to five years in prison, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Muslim majority state.The tiny oil-rich state banned public celebrations of Christmas, including sending festive greetings and the wearing of Santa Claus hats, over fears of of Muslims losing their faith.

Larbi is a freelance writer and assistant editor at Morocco World News.