SUBANG JAYA: All houses of worship must be revered, regardless of religion says Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (pic).
The Minister (for Islamic affairs) in the Prime Minister's Department said, "Even though I oversee the wellbeing of Islam, I also see myself responsible to take care of principles in Islam. One of those is that all houses of worship need to be revered.
"Doesnt matter if it is a mosque, temple, or church. They are holy places for devotees," he said after visiting the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple here on Wednesday (Nov 28).
He said Muslims respect the freedom of religion (for non-Muslims) and are also responsible to maintain the reverence for their holy places.
"The incident that took place recently is against that principle.
"I came here to say that those actions did not represent any race, but it is a small group of individuals who do not understand this principle and trespassed and caused an uneasy situation," he said.
He added that he met with the temple committee and heard of many unpleasant things that occured that night.
He said threatening the safety and lives of people praying in their houses of worship is against the teachings of Islam.
"I hope there isn't a repetition of this incident in any place of worship.
"Those responsible must be brought to justice in accordance with the laws in place," he said.
He also said that Pakatan Harapan will ensure such an incident doesn't happen again.
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