PETALING JAYA: The Malay Rulers have voiced their appreciation for the Sultan of Johor and the Raja Muda of Perlis who forbade the Muslims-only launderettes in their respective states.
In a statement issued by Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Tan Sri Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, he said the positions taken by Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail in these instances showed their commitment to ensuring that Muslims behave with respect, moderation and inclusiveness in a nation which is home to people of many different ethnic groups and religions.
Sultan Ibrahim spoke at length about his unhappiness with the launderette and demanded that the owner apologise to him and the people of Johor.
In an exclusive report by The Star on Sept 27, His Majesty said: “I cannot accept this nonsense. This is Johor, which belongs to Bangsa Johor and it belongs to all races and faiths. This is a progressive, modern and moderate state.
“This is not a Taliban state and as the Head of Islam in Johor, I find this action to be totally unacceptable as this is extremist in nature.”
Sultan Ibrahim also added that the owner went against the vision of a united, harmonious, moderate and tolerant Johor.
The owner of the launderette apologised for his actions and opened his door to all customers.
On Sept 28, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin visited the launderette in Kangar with his mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin to tell its owner why his business model was not acceptable. The 36-year-old owner then opened his outlet to all customers, too.