Imam in trouble for taking part in Batu Burok riot


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  • Friday, 14 Sep 2007

KUALA TERENGGANU: An imam of a mosque here has landed himself in trouble for participating in Saturday night's riot at Batu Burok. 

The man, in his late 40s, was seen in the police video and was said to be acting violently during the melee. 

His was among names of several rioters released by the police yesterday. 

State Islam Hadhari Development and Welfare committee chairman Datuk Rosol Wahid said the imam could face disciplinary charges and could be fired.  

“We will conduct a probe before deciding on the type of action. For the moment we know that his name has been listed as among the (frontline) rioters and we will not tolerate this. 

“He should be the one setting a good example, this is sheer hypocrisy,” he said. 

State police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayub Yaakob said police were gathering the statements from 22 people picked up during the riot. 

He said the probe into the riot would be carried out without prejudice. 

“If my men are at fault they have to face the consequences,” said SAC Ayub who earlier briefed civil servants at Wisma Darul Iman here on what happened that day. 

State Umno Information chief Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the party would provide facts on the riot, including distributing VCDs of what happened on Saturday night. 

He said this was vital after PAS had twisted the truth claiming that Umno members were the ones who instigated the riot by working closely with police.  

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