Annuar Musa says visiting cemeteries allowed after social media furore

Tan Sri Annuar Musa. - ART CHEN / The Star filepic

PETALING JAYA: A visit to a cemetery by Tan Sri Annuar Musa has sparked negative comments online, with the Federal Territories Minister saying that such visits are allowed.

He had posted a picture on Facebook on Saturday (July 31), which showed him paying a visit to the graves of his mother and his sisters.

This led to some comments alleging that he had breached standard operating procedure (SOP).

A user also shared a news article of a Malaysian man who was fined RM2,000 for visiting a cemetery during Hari Raya Haji.

Annuar, who is also Ketereh MP, however said that the visit was allowed as the SOP prohibiting visiting cemeteries was made specifically in conjunction with the Hari Raya Haji celebration.

"What SOP ... the Hari Raya SOP? That restriction was for the Aidiladha season," he replied to a comment.

A check at the National Security Council (NSC) website showed that grave visits were prohibited in the Hari Raya Haji SOP.

The SOPs for Phase 1 and 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) do not specifically state whether grave visits are allowed or banned.

Annuar previously landed in hot water for visiting former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his wife at their home on July 10.

He was later fined RM2,000 for breaching SOP over the visit.

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