Manjoi folk want Ipoh council to spell out details of syariah compliance

Manjoi is said to be one of the largest Malay settlements in the country. – RONNIE CHIN/The Star

MANJOI folk in Ipoh are awaiting details of the city council’s plan to make it a syariah-compliant zone.

Those interviewed by StarMetro, believe that it would be a good move, especially as the area is a Malay-majority enclave within the city.

Some, however, asked Ipoh City Council (MBI) to provide more information on what the declaration entailed.

Aizad Izzudin Nor Azmi, who has lived in Manjoi for over 30 years, said he wanted to know what it would mean for the area.

“Does it mean we have to dress according to syariah rules and will it cover social interaction as well?.

“Would there be mandatory closure of shops during prayer time?” asked the 32-year-old trader.

Aizad Izzudin suggested Manjoi folk, including non-Muslims living there, be briefed on what to expect.

On Feb 26, Ipoh mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said the council planned to make Manjoi a syariah- compliant zone.

The plan includes making the area a modernised Islamic part of Ipoh.

Manjoi, with over 57,000 residents, is among the largest Malay settlements in the country along with Kampung Baru in Kuala Lumpur.

There are five villages within Manjoi namely Kampung Manjoi, Kampung Tengku Husin, Kampung Sungai Tapah, Kampung Dato’ Ahmad Said and Kampung Tersusun Jelapang Baru.

Food stall owner, known only as Nur Inah, 64, said the project should bring positive changes to the Malay settlement.

“I hope the city council will take into consideration issues such as loitering and vandalism.

“I think these social ills can be addressed if there is space for the youth in Manjoi to channel their creativity, ” she said.

Nur Inah suggested that MBI encourage mosques and surau to hold youth-related activities such as sports and art classes.

If done right, she said the syariah-compliant project could influence other cities to do the same.

“I believe making Manjoi a syariah-compliant zone will benefit everyone.

“I hope the project will also pay attention to public transportation services and facilities like clinics for the community, ” she added.

A student who wanted to be known as Alisha, 16, hoped the rules and regulations that came with the declaration would not be too strict.

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