Ban­ner re­minds wor­ship­pers to park prop­erly

New Straits Times - - News -

JO­HOR BARU: As mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion at the Ta­man Austin Per­dana surau ar­rived for Fri­day prayers yes­ter­day, they could not help but no­tice a large red ban­ner.

The word­ings on the ban­ner were meant as a re­minder for all to park their ve­hi­cles prop­erly to avoid ob­struct­ing traf­fic.

It was the surau com­mit­tee’s way of mak­ing sure there would not be a re­cur­rence of the al­ter­ca­tion that took place the week be­fore, when a 28-year-old mo­torist who had re­peat­edly honked his car horn af­ter find­ing that traf­fic had been blocked by hap­haz­ardly parked ve­hi­cles out­side the surau was as­saulted by mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion and his ve­hi­cle dam­aged.

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ob­served yes­ter­day that though ve­hi­cles were parked on both sides of the road out­side the surau, the road was not blocked and traf­fic was smooth.

The surau’s bi­lal, Zulk­i­fli Ah­mad, said the com­mit­tee mem­bers wanted to put the in­ci­dent be­hind them and hoped such a thing would not hap­pen again.

“I hope ev­ery­one will take this in­ci­dent as a les­son in pa­tience and virtue, and pro­mote tol­er­ance among the peo­ple of dif­fer­ent re­li­gions and cul­tures,” he said.

On the is­sue of hav­ing more Rela mem­bers on pa­trol, Zulk­i­fli Ah­mad said the surau ad­min­is­tra­tion had not come to any de­ci­sion.

Rela di­rec­tor-gen­eral Zulk­i­fli Abidin said the com­mit­tee should con­sider get­ting more non-Mus­lim or fe­male Rela mem­bers to con­trol traf­fic dur­ing Fri­day prayers.

This is be­cause, the four Rela mem­bers hired by the surau com­mit­tee to mon­i­tor traf­fic are Mus­lim men who have to take part in the Fri­day prayers.

Mean­while, Jo­hor Baru Se­la­tan po­lice chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Su­laiman Salleh said po­lice were look­ing for an­other five men to as­sist in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the fra­cas.

On Thurs­day, the 28-year-old driver who was in­volved in the fra­cas is­sued a pub­lic apol­ogy dur­ing a meet­ing with sev­eral re­li­gious author­ity fig­ures, in­clud­ing Jo­hor Is­lamic Re­li­gious Coun­cil ad­viser Datuk Nooh Gadut. By Halim Said

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