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Wednesday June 11, 2014 MYT 3:57:00 PM
Wednesday June 11, 2014 MYT 4:42:21 PM
by christopher tan
GEORGE TOWN: Penang state Religious Affairs, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman has apologised for the interruption of Teoh Cheng Cheng’s funeral by Penang Islamic Affairs Department (JAIPP) officials on Monday.
Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said he was, however, not aware of the incident until a reporter asked for his response at about 5pm on Monday.
“I promise that such incidents will not occur again and the state is prepared to assist the family,” he said in a statement, Wednesday.
“I am apologising as a state exco and also on behalf of JAIPP as it could have been handled professionally and amicably.”
He also admitted that JAIPP officials should have been more sensitive to customs and religions and especially, the feelings of Teoh’s mother, Tan Mah Suan, 64.
On Monday, Teoh’s funeral was interrupted when Penang Islamic Religious Department (JAIPP) officers appeared at an apartment in Macallum Street to “claim” the remains of the deceased.
The deceased is alleged to have converted to Islam 17 years ago, having adopted the Muslim name Nora Teoh Abdullah.
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