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Don’t build non-Muslim houses of worship near mosques: PN MP
Published on: Friday, March 17, 2023
By: Anne Muhammad, Mohamad Fadli, FMT
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Don’t build non-Muslim houses of worship near mosques: PN MP
KUALA LUMPUR: An opposition MP has urged the government not to build non-Muslim houses of worship in the same vicinity as mosques.

“I’m suggesting to the ministry that the houses of worship should be in different areas. For example, the lot to build a Muslim house of worship should be different from that used to build a non-Muslim house of worship due to sensitivities,” Ahmad Yunus Hairi (PN-Kuala Langat) said while debating the supply bill.

“We want to be harmonious, but we don’t want a situation where these houses of worship are all in the same lots and there is a lot of noise or loudspeakers that will contribute to disharmony and conflict in the area.”

He cited the example of a Hindu temple in Canary Garden, Klang, which is situated near a Malay settlement and has caused uneasiness and protest from those living in the area.

“I don’t deny that the temple is there to cater to the Hindu community in Kampung Air Hitam, but it is quite far (from where they live).

“Recently, there was a groundbreaking ceremony there which caused anxiety among the Muslim community and I hope that the minister will handle this issue well.” - FMT



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