KUANTAN: The Pahang government will come up with a decision on the move to ban non-Islamic books in the state’s hotels soon.
Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob (BN - Pelangai) said he would seek an appointment with Pahang Islamic and Malay Customs Council (MUIP) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah to discuss the issue.
“I have received SMSes from some of my friends inquiring about the prohibition notices sent out by MUIP to 147 hotels and hope to obtain a more accurate information on the matter. For the time being, we urge all parties to be patient and wait for the outcome instead of sensationalising the issue.
“I believe there is no issue if the hotel operators are Muslims,” he said in reply to Chow Yu Hui (DAP - Bilut) during the state assembly sitting here yesterday.
Chow has raised the issue during the wrapping up session by state executive councillor for Dakwah Islamiah and Special Functions Datuk Syed Ibrahim Syed Ahmad (BN - Kerdau).
Syed Ibrahim had avoided answering the question by merely stressing that Islam had no intention to degrade other religions, prompting Adnan to stand up and explain the state government’s stand.
Earlier to a supplementary question, Culture and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin (BN - Lanchang) said the state government was awaiting more concrete evidence on the discovery of a fish-eating dinosaur fossil in Pahang.
Mohd Sharkar said the site was still off-limits to the public as the researchers and paleontologists were still in the midst of carrying out excavating works.
“The findings must be verified by a third party before we make more revelations to the public.
“If proven, we have plans to promote the area as a tourist attraction by constructing a fantasy-based theme park,” he said, adding that the state government would be meeting the excavation team from time to time to get latest updates.
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