KOTA BARU: The Kelantan government has clarified that its ruling that new buildings in the state must include Islamic motifs does not cover houses of worship.
State Local Government, Tourism and Culture committee chairman Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the PAS-led government would be “very flexible when considering the need to build houses of worship”.
“In the case of Kelantan Buddhist Association, I was instructed by Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat to clarify the issue.
“Based on my checks with the records at the Kota Baru Municipal Council, I found that the association has yet to submit its building plans.
“The association’s top officials admitted that the building plans was not submitted to the council for consideration, and therefore, this renders the matter a non-issue,” Takiyuddin said here yesterday.
Takiyuddin added that even if the association had submitted its building plans, the council could still use its discretion to negotiate.
The council could also approve plans of buildings without Islamic features on them, he added.
He was responding to vernacular newspaper reports which claimed the association members were upset with the rigid new buildings by-laws that require all new commercial buildings within the municipal jurisdiction to be constructed with Islamic features and designs.
Takiyuddin said the state government was sensitive to the needs of the non-Muslims and would readily negotiate on matters like places of worship.
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