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Thursday October 31, 2013 MYT 7:11:30 AM
PETALING JAYA: Kelantan MCA slams a circular issued by the Kota Baru Municipal Council urging businesses to practise the Islamic “5K concept” as a devious ploy.
Its state liaison committee secretary Tan Ken Ten said this was an effort by the PAS-led local authorities to force their religious beliefs onto non-Muslims.
He said that although the Chinese community accounted for less than 4% of the state’s total population, the majority of them resided in Kota Baru and had contributed much to the development of the state.
“As such, the Chinese community should be allowed to enjoy their rights and freedom as the other communities. This must be respected and upheld by the state government,” he said in a press statement.
In the council circular issued last week, it said it wanted businesses to carry out the “5K concept” of doing business the Islamic way: knowledge (keilmuan), obedience (kepatuhan), welfare (kebajikan), cleanliness (kebersihan) and well-being (kesejahteraan).
It was also reported in The Star yesterday that non-Muslim traders were unhappy that they were made to attend a seminar on Islamic business as well as pay a registration fee of RM60.
The council also included the condition that their business licences would not be renewed if they failed to attend.
Tan added that under PAS, the rights and interests of non-Muslims in Kelantan had been repeatedly threatened.
Adding that Pakatan Rakyat parties had claimed that they would protect the rights of non-Muslims, they still continued to turn a blind eye to PAS’ decisions in Kelantan.
Tan warned that there was no turning back once such policies were implemented, adding that they would undoubtedly affect the rights and interests of non-Muslims.
In Kota Baru, PAS Supporters Congress chairman Hu Pang Chaw felt that the council might have forgotten the feelings of non-Muslim businessmen in its zeal to introduce good business practices the Islamic way.
“What the council should have done was to discuss their plans with the respective guilds and work together if such plans involved the non-Muslims,” said Hu, who was also one of the councillors in the early 1990s.
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