Leading officials from the Steering Committee for the Central Highlands on June 26 worked with authorities from the region and southern Binh Phuoc province to step up the populiration of State regulations on belief and religions, especially among ethnic minority people.

The session, held in Buon Ma Thuot city of Dak Lak province on June 26, heard that in recent years, some extremists have incited over 4,000 locals in the regional localities to join heresies.

However, local authorities have managed to deal with the phenomenon.

Officials have intensified the State management work on religions and created all favourable conditions for followers and dignitaries to practice their folk belief.

The Central Highlands, in particular, counts over 2 million followers, accounting for 36 percent of the total population, with nearly 500,000 from ethnic minority groups.

Vietnam is home to many religions and beliefs, mainly Buddhism, with 6.8 million followers, Catholicism (5.7 million), Hoa Hao (1.4 million), Cao Dai (808,000), Protestantism (734,000), Islam (73,000), and Brahmanism (56,000).

Up to 98 percent of Vietnamese families practise some kind of worship at home.-VNA