WOUNDED BY DR M, PERHAPS JOHOR ROYALS ONLY WAITING TO LASH OUT – AND YET DAP MP SO STUPID TO PLAY INTO HANDS OF PUTRAJAYA CRITICS: JOHOR SULTAN ACCUSES LABIS MP OF CHALLENGING THE POSITION OF ISLAM, WHILE PANG INSISTS HE WAS IN MOSQUE ONLY TO HAND OVER FESTIVE CONTRIBUTIONS & WISH CONSTITUENTS A ‘HAPPY RAYA’

SULTAN Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has expressed his disappointment with DAP lawmaker and Labis MP Pang Hok Liong for delivering a speech in a mosque.

The Johor sultan has accused Pang of politicking and challenging the position of Islam.

“I have received complaints and dissatisfaction from the people that on May 10, Labis MP Pang Hok Liong had given a speech at Masjid Tenang Stesyen, in Segamat.

“His actions have brought uneasiness and deep disappointment, and can be considered as defiling the sanctity of the mosque and threatening the position of Islam,” said the ruler in a statement.

“You can talk politics from day to night in coffee shops or hotels, or by the road side or on the top of the mountain, but not in the sacred mosque.”

He also accused Pang of breaching the boundaries he set, being insensitive to a Johor Islamic Council circular that prohibited politicking in mosques while hurting the feelings of Muslims.

“I am confident the MP and vested parties will deny they made political speeches in that function.

“However, I am consistent in stressing that mosques and surau are off limits for political activities.

“This is because most of the activities organised by those from political parties are coloured with statements to create conflict, insults, slander and to gain the community’s sympathy to raise their popularity.”

The ruler also urged the state Islamic council to take action against mosque administrators who provide platforms to politicians and warned that those who violated the regulations would face stern action.

Pang, however, has been reported as saying in Malaysiakini that his presence at the mosque was not political but only to distribute aid to mosques and surau in conjunction with the month of Ramadan.

Pang also said he was unaware of the circular barring politicians from speaking at mosques.

“I didn’t touch on politics. My speech was brief. It was just to announce the aid and to wish them a happy Ramadan, that is it.

“Is there anything wrong with a non-Muslim giving contributions to a mosque?” he was quoted as saying in the report.

Pang said he is aware that mosques should be free from politics and does not need to be reminded of this.

A photograph of the lawmaker giving a speech at the mosque on May 10 had gone viral on social media.

Speech at mosque: Johor sultan fumes, MP defends himself

Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar is incensed over a DAP lawmaker delivering a speech at a mosque, which the Johor ruler said had caused unease.

The monarch accused Labis MP Pang Hok Liong of politicking and challenging the position of Islam.

However, Pang told Malaysiakini that he did not raise political issues, but was merely distributing aid to mosques and surau in conjunction with the month of Ramadan.

A photograph of the veteran lawmaker giving a speech at Majlis Tenang Steysen in Labis on May 10 had gone viral on social media.

Pang was also accused of disobeying a Johor Islamic Council (Maij) circular barring all politicians, except the menteri besar and state religious affairs exco, from delivering speeches for official programmes in mosques.

In a statement this afternoon, Sultan Ibrahim said the Labis MP had defiled the sanctity of the mosque and threatened the position of Islam.

Describing his action as unethical and rude, the ruler also accused Pang of breaching the boundaries set by the monarch, being insensitive to the Maij circular and hurting the feelings of Muslims.

“I am confident the MP and vested parties will deny they made political speeches in that function.

“However, I am consistent in stressing that mosques and surau are off limits for political activities.

“This is because most of the activities organised by those from political parties are coloured with statements to create conflict, insults, slander and to gain the community’s sympathy to raise their popularity,” he added.

The ruler urged Maij to take action against mosque administrators who provide a platform to politicians and warned that those who violated the regulations would face stern action.

MP unaware of circular

Meanwhile, Pang said he was unaware of the Maij circular barring politicians from speaking at mosques.

“I didn’t touch anything on politics. My speech was brief. It was just to announce the aid and to wish them a happy Ramadan, that is it.

“Is there anything wrong with a non-Muslim giving contributions to a mosque?” he added.

Pang said he is aware that mosques should be free from politics and does not need to be reminded of this.

“When I was in the opposition, we advocated that all places of worship should not be used for politicking and I maintain that,” he added.

He also claimed that Umno politicians were politicking in mosques, but had gone unpunished.

Pang also hit back at critics who allegedly called him “anjing” (dog) and accused him of defiling the mosque by being unclean. – mkini

THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT / MKINI

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