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The surau at a resort in Tanjung Sedili Besar, Johor where the resort operator was arrested for allowing a Buddhist group to use the premise.
KLUANG: Johor appears to be edging closer to a final decision to demolish the surau at a resort in Tanjung Sedili Besar that was used by a group of Buddhists to meditate, following a statement by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
According to Khaled, Johor Ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, who is the head of Islam in the state, agreed to the demolition after receiving advice from several quarters.
Khaled, who spoke to reporters when met after launching the state level Jalur Gemilang campaign here yesterday, also urged the matter not to be debated further.
It was recently reported that Culture and Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz has called on Malaysians to move on from the Johor surau issue, questioning the need to demolish the place of worship.
He added that the Buddhist council has already issued an apology and urged the rakyat to move on.
Meanwhile, the 45-year-old resort operator, a Singaporean Muslim with Malaysian PR status who was arrested for allowing the Buddhist group to use the surau was released on police bail yesterday.
Johor deputy police chief Dep Comm Datuk Ismail Yatim said that the man had been remanded since Tuesday.
DCP Ismail added that investigations have been completed and the report has since been forwarded to the Attorney General’s Chambers for further action.
He also urged the public not to interfere in the matter and to let authorities, including the state religious department, to look into it.
The resort operator is being investigated for defiling a place of worship with intent to insult Islam after a 85-second video clip of Buddhists meditating at the surau went viral on YouTube.
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