KOTA KINABALU: Tourists are not allowed to visit the city mosque for the time being.
This ban came following a viral video clip showing two women, believed to be tourists, dancing and acting “disrespectfully” in front of the iconic building, which is a popular tourist spot.
City mosque chairman Datuk Jamal Sakaran said that the action of the two women was “regret-table” as tourists had been briefed on the do’s and don’ts at the mosque.
“We opened our doors to visitors because we want to introduce and let the people know the beauty of Islam, but such action has tarnished the image of our religion,” Jamal said.
“On a normal day, the mosque received between 500 and 1,000 visitors and the management provided special tour guides, robes, baju kurung, headscarves and kopiah for them.
“But there were still some who do not show respect.
“Our immediate action is to close the mosque to visitors.
“All express buses, Grab cars and taxis are not allowed to bring tourists into the compound or park their vehicles in the area.”
Jamal added that only taxis registered with the mosque management were allowed to bring in visitors.
He said the mosque management would also rope in more Rela members for security.
“We will hold a discussion with tourism players to prevent such incidents,” he said.
The video clip, which went viral on social media, is believed to have been recorded by a man who could be heard saying: “Kenapa la dia tidak tumbang?” (Why doesn’t she fall?).
Netizens are calling the authorities to investigate the incident and to come up with regulations to prevent such disrespectful acts, especially at houses of worship.
A non-governmental religious body, Pertubuhan Penyatuan Islam Sabah, has lodged a police report.