KUALA LUMPUR: The Warriors Day celebration, usually held at the National Monument here every July 31, has been moved to Putrajaya.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the decision was made in adherence to the guideline of the National Fatwa Council and Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim), which stated that such a celebration should not be held at the site of statues or sculptures of human figures.
He said the decision was made at the meeting between the Defence Ministry and Prime Minister's Department Wednesday.
Zahid said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak also agreed to the decision and asked that a square measuring two to three acres be built soon for the site of the celebration.
"The celebration this time will contain elements which adhere to the guideline drawn up by Jakim and endorsed by the National Fatwa Council," he told a news conference at Parliament lobby with Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom also present.
Meanwhile, the National Fatwa Council's portal at http://e-fatwa.intranetportal.my, has outlined religious decrees on the Warriors Day celebration which state that sounding of The Last Post and The Rouse, observing one minute's silence with heads bowed, laying of wreaths, ready of poetry and singing before a sculptured monument are in conflict with Islamic teachings.
It says reading of poetry to arouse the warrior spirit at such a celebration, is only allowed if it is not done in front of a monument and at other places prohibited by the religion.- Bernama.