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Labuan PAS will hold boycott campaign if Oktoberfest continues
Published on: Thursday, October 17, 2019
By: Iffah Dilaney

LABUAN: Labuan PAS pledged to conduct a boycott campaign against One Stop Duty Free and Palm Beach Resort as the organiser and co-sponsor of the Oktoberfest celebration here, if they fail to call off the event which is scheduled to be held on Oct 19.

Its chief Hamir Zahari (pic) said the boycott would be the final measure taken by the Persatuan Ummah of PAS and Umno to curb the liquor-themed festival from being a tradition in the island seeing that it has been organised for consecutive years now.

“The festival was a Bavarian (German) originated culture which started off as a marriage celebration for its ruler which eventually became a popular beer-drinking event for its people.

“This is not  Malaysian culture and we do not wish for it to be a tradition here in Labuan,” he told Daily Express, Wednesday.

Hamir stressed that the Persatuan Ummah here will use its networking and other medium to continuously boycott the organiser (main duty-free goods supplier in Labuan) and its sponsors until the event is forgone.

“The organisers have stated that the event will be closed doors, however its advertisement was made viral on various social media platforms and put up at advertisement boards at Financial Park.

“Its promotion was more of an open invitation to all with no restriction to only the non-Muslim community which does not consider the sensitivity of the Muslim community,” he said.

He opined that the organiser of the event was not sensitive and did not respect the rights of the Muslim community in Labuan which makes up 64 per cent of its population.

“We respect the freedom enjoyed by other religions but they must preserve the sensitivity of Muslims which has to be taken into account before organising an event such as this.

“Labuan is already home to a large spread of night clubs and entertainment centres and we believe that organising such an event is unnecessary,” he added.

Previously, Labuan PAS had already sent in a memorandum to Islamic Affairs Department (Jawi) here opposing the event.

Subsequently, letters were issued to all local mosques and suraus advising the Muslim community not to partake in the festival.  

 



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