Se­lan­gor ruler an­gry PKR man gave speech at mosque

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SHAH ALAM: The Se­lan­gor Re­li­gious Depart­ment (Jais) has been di­rected by Sultan of Se­lan­gor Sultan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah to act against Masjid AnNur’s com­mit­tee for al­low­ing Subang mem­ber of par­lia­ment R. Si­varasa to de­liver a speech at the mosque.

Jais direc­tor Datuk Haris Kasim said the nazir and mosque com­mit­tee were called in to ex­plain the sit­u­a­tion on Friday and the re­port was sub­mit­ted to the sultan and that the or­gan­is­ers would also be sum­moned.

He said the sultan was an­gry that Si­varasa de­liv­ered a speech at the mosque last week.

Haris said he was in­formed about this by Sultan Shara­fud­din’s pri­vate sec­re­tary, Datuk Mu­nir Bani.

“I was in­formed that the sultan was an­gry with Si­varasa’s ac­tion.

“As Se­lan­gor Is­lamic Re­li­gious Coun­cil chair­man Datuk Mo­hamad Adzib Mohd Isa said in his speech dur­ing the break­ing of fast at Masjid Sultan Salahud­din Ab­dul Aziz Shah, mosque com­mit­tees must abide by the rule that pro­hibits unau­tho­rised speak­ers from giv­ing speeches.”

Last Wed­nes­day, Si­varasa was said to have en­tered the mosque as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to give a talk at the prayer hall.

Pic­tures of the PKR law­maker at the mosque went vi­ral and sparked an out­cry.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, non-govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions (NGOs) de­liv­ered a mem­o­ran­dum of protest on the in­ci­dent to Jais.

The mem­o­ran­dum crit­i­cised Si­varasa’s ac­tion, which the NGOs said dis­re­spected Is­lam.

Ke­sat­uan Me­layu Na­sional sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Khairul Khuzaini Zam­sani said the mem­o­ran­dum was signed to­gether with Per­muafakatan Aya­handa SeMalaysia, Kota Da­mansara res­i­dents rep­re­sen­ta­tive and Per­tubuhan Ad­uan Masyarakat dan Peng­guna Se­lan­gor.

The NGOs urged the mosque com­mit­tee to is­sue an apol­ogy to the sultan and Mus­lims, and is­sue a state­ment on the in­ci­dent.

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