IPOH: Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah (pic) has instructed that three programmes held at a mosque and two surau by political parties in the state recently be investigated.
In a statement issued by the Sultan’s office yesterday, the Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja Kol (R) Datuk Abd Rahim Mohamad Nor said the programmes, which included an unauthorised ceramah, were held between May 21 and last Friday.
“The Sultan has instructed the state Islamic Religious Department (JAIPk) director to conduct a thorough investigation.
“And during the investigation, he also agrees to the suggestion by the JAIPk director to suspend the mosque and surau committee chairmen, with the responsibilities be handed to the district religious administrative officer,” said Abd Rahim.
The programmes are said to have been held at Masjid al-Khairiah, Kampung Banjar Hilir, Teluk Intan; Surau Diri Jumaat Al-Taufiqiah in Taman Klebang Jaya, Chemor; and Surau Al-Ittihad Kampung Temiang here.
It was reported that Sultan Nazrin had on Saturday met with all state Pakatan Harapan and opposition leaders at Istana Iskandariah over the use of mosques and surau for political activities.
Abd Rahim said Sultan Nazrin had received many complaints about the matter.
“The Sultan also summoned the state police chief, JAIPk director and the state Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIAMP) secretary to confirm the complaints and found there is a basis to these.
“The Sultan said it was an unhealthy development, which could desecrate the sanctity of the mosques and surau through such competing activities between parties from the government and the Opposition,” he said, adding that places of worships were places to unite the Muslims.
“If political programmes are held rampantly, the Sultan is worried that these premises of unity will be associated with the respective political party, thus causing members from opposing political parties to stay away,” he said.
Abd Rahim said Sultan Nazrin also reminded all political party leaders to give their commitment and be responsible to preserve the sanctity of the house of worship.
“Political parties are also reminded not to invite speakers to give religious talks without getting the permit from the MAIAMP,” he said.
Meanwhile, State Religious Committee chairman Asmuni Awi said it was all right for political figures to attend or have functions at mosques or surau as long as these were not politically-linked.
“There are no issues if political figures are invited to give aid to the hardcore poor.
“We are not stopping anyone from using these premises, either for buka puasa or aid presentation ceremony, but these programmes must not have any political logos,” he said.