Mosque, surau committee members can be suspended if caught holding political events at premises

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  • Sunday, 26 May 2019

IPOH: Mosque and surau committee members can be suspended and investigated if political programmes are held at their respective premises.

Perak Religious Committee chairman Asmuni Awi (pic) said those found allowing such programmes to be held at these premises could also be transferred.

He said it was clear that mosques and surau were not allowed to hold programmes with political logos, flags or banners.

"There are rules, even if anyone wants to give a ceramah, he needs permit.

"More so if it's on religion, a permit is needed," he said after attending a Hari Raya shopping programme at Mydin hypermarket in Manjoi here on Sunday (May 26).

"There are no issues if political figures are invited to give presentation to the hardcore poor, just no to hanging banners or flags with political logos," he added.

Asmuni, who is also state Parti Amanah Negara chief, was asked about a meeting with the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin at Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar on Saturday evening.

It was reported that Sultan Nazrin had summoned leaders from six political parties over the use of mosques and surau for political activities.

Aside from Asmuni, those present included Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, who is also state Pakatan Harapan and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman, state PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak, state DAP advisor Ngeh Koo Ham, state Umno liaison chief Saarani Mohamad and state PAS commissioner Razman Zakaria.

Asmuni said Sultan Nazrin had expressed his concerns about the matter to the leaders present.

"He wants to see mosques be free of politics.

"Mosques should be a centre for knowledge, religion and for unity," he said.

"We are not stopping anyone from using these premises, either for iftar or presentation, but these programmes must not have any political logos," he added.

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