KUANTAN – A mosque or a place of worship should never be used as a political platform, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.
The deputy prime minister said he agreed with the Sultan of Selangor’s move in criticising Subang member of parliament R. Sivarasa for delivering a speech at a mosque in Kampung Melayu Subang recently.
He said this was because the sultan had repeatedly issued reminders to the Selangor people against using of mosque or surau for political purposes, be it by Muslim or non-Muslim politicians.
“I strongly agree with the Sultan of Selangor’s move. Not only he but other (state) sultans, state religious and culture leaders, governors and the (Yang di-Pertuan) Agong have also issued similar guidelines,” he said.
Sivarasa was reported to have incurred Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s displeasure last week after he was said to have delivered a ceramah to a congregation at the Masjid An Nur in Kampung Melayu Subang.
Zahid, who is also home minister, said one must appreciate the background for why such a decree was issued in the first place.
“We do not want places of worship or mosques to be used as political platforms. If one wants to do politics, it must be done outside of such places,” he said, after attending a function at Tengku Ampuan Afzan Mosque at Indera Mahkota here.
Also present were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Ismail Abdul Muttalib and Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim.
Later tonight, Zahid is expected to join a congregation of Al-Muttaqin Mosque at Tanah Putih Baru here, to perform tarawih prayers and partake in moreh feast.
At 2.15am tomorrow, he will also join the Jom Sahur Bersama TV3 programme at Bentong Prison Complex, Bentong.
On another matter, Zahid expressed sadness over the horrific accident involving students of a tahfiz school, at Kampung Telekong, Kuala Krai today, which has claimed seven lives.
“This is not the first time such an accident had happened. I believe we should abide by the laws and regulations when it comes to loading a vehicle,” he said.
A total of 14 students from the Pusat Tahfiz Al-Hashimi Kampung Tualang were in a van, headed to Kota Baru, where they were due to attend a Ramadan Tadarus Quran recital programme at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium.
However, at 9.30am, the van skidded off the road and crashed into a house in Kampung Telekong.
Zahid said one should never compromise on issues of safety and wellbeing of children.
“I myself have a tahfiz school and hope this will become a lesson to all religious schools to always prioritise safety.” he said.