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Monday August 15, 2011

Jais submits initial report on church issue

JAIS (Selangor Islamic Religious Department) submitted a preliminary report over its check of the Damansara Utama Methodist Church to Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim last week.

Mingguan Malaysia quoted a source saying that Jais was currently finalising the report.

“The report sent to the mentri besar is just a preliminary report and Jais is currently finalising it.

“Once it has been completed, we will submit it to the authorities,” said the source on Saturday.

On Aug 3, Jais disrupted a thanksgiving dinner organised by non-governmental organisation Harapan Komuniti at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church's Dream Centre in Petaling Jaya, claiming there was proselytisation of Muslims.

> VARIOUS bodies have come forward to oppose the planned marriage of self-confessed Malaysian gay pastor Rev Ou Yang Wen Feng to his African-American partner.

Mingguan Malaysia's reports quoted various parties including the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship's executive secretary Alfred Pais saying that homosexual practices were against the teachings of Jesus Christ.

“Christianity does not condone same-sex marriage.

“A marriage between a man and another man is not acceptable and this culture should not be brought to Malaysia,” he was quoted as saying.

Ou Yang, 41, and his partner Phineas Newborn III, 47, a Broadway musical producer are planning to tie the knot at the end of the month in New York and have a Chinese wedding banquet and traditional tea ceremony in Kuala Lumpur eventually.

Malaysian Syariah Lawyers' Associations deputy president Musa Awang said same-sex marriage was against the moral and cultural values of this country, adding that Malaysia does not recognise such marriages.

> A dangdut club in Kuala Lumpur is offering its customers a special “Ramadan package” where they can party till sahur (pre-dawn meal) for RM40 per hour.

For the price, a guest relations officer will entertain clients at the club, accompany them for their pre-dawn meal and even sleep with them.

A GRO, known as Zie who was interviewed by Metro Ahad claimed the holy month of Ramadan had not made it difficult for her to get clients, adding that club patrons, who were mostly senior citizens, wanted to “stay up so they will not miss sahur”.

Zie claimed her average monthly income was between RM10,000 and RM13,000 but during fasting month, she was able to pocket RM18,000.

Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.


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