Always bitten, never shy

HRH Sultan of Selangor Tuanku Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah expressed his titah murka to PKR MP for Subang V Sivarasa for his outright rude act to speak in front of the mimbar in the prayer hall of a mosque in Kampung Melayu Subang, more over in the holy month of Ramadan recently.

The Malay Mail Online story:

Speak all you want, but never inside mosques, Sultan tells Sivarasa

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/speak-all-you-want-but-never-inside-mosques-sultan-tells-sivarasa#sthash.3IRDVGP8.dpuf

Sivarasa (right) was shown speaking at the mosque in Kampung Melayu Subang on May 24. — Picture by Choo Choo MaySivarasa (right) was shown speaking at the mosque in Kampung Melayu Subang on May 24. — Picture by Choo Choo May

KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 — Subang MP R. Sivarasa was today personally criticised by the Sultan of Selangor for giving a speech at a state mosque last month.

According to Malaysiakini, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah specifically mentioned the PKR lawmaker when criticising politicians for giving speeches at state mosques despite the ruler’s decree forbidding such acts.

“I am saddened by the recent incident at Masjid An-Nur, Kampung Melayu Subang, where Sivarasa had given a speech in the prayer hall, despite my repeated reminders not to allocate mosques to be used for politics, be it by Muslims or non-Muslims,” he was quoted as saying by the news portal.

The Sultan explained that he prohibited politicians from making speeches in mosques as he did not want Muslims to be divided.

The ruler said politicians such as Sivarasa were free to deliver as many speeches as they want as long as they did not do so in mosques and prayer halls.

He said these speeches could even be made directly outside mosques.

“I have no objections, it is up to the people whether they want to listen or not, but never speak in the mosque or mosque compound,” he said later in the report.

Sivarasa was shown speaking at the mosque in Kampung Melayu Subang on May 24.

The Sultan subsequently directed Selangor religious authorities to take action against the mosque for defying his decree.

Sivarasa later denied delivering a political speech in the mosque, and said he spoke briefly when invited to do so by the organisers of the event.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/speak-all-you-want-but-never-inside-mosques-sultan-tells-sivarasa#sthash.3IRDVGP8.dpuf

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Sivarasa denied that he spoke on political matters in Masjid An Nur. However, the little explanation that he offered is about his political work as the MP since 2008.

According to Director of Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) Dato’ Harith Kassim, HRH Tuanku Sultan personally went through the JAIS report on Sivarasa’s appearance and speech in the mosque because the matter isn’t to be taken lightly.

HRH Tuanku Sultan Selangor also personally expressed his murka (dismay) on the matter through JAIS Director Harith.

This is not the first time the sanctity of the mosque is violated by Opposition MP, by given speeches in the prayer hall. More over in the month of Ramadan.

Seven Ramadans ago, then DAP MP for Serdang Teoh Nie Ching spoke in font of the mimbar of a surau in her constituency. She was blatantly uncouth to appear in a Muslim house of worship without wearing the proper dress code.

The Star story:

Sunday, 29 August 2010 | MYT 12:00 AM

Serdang MP to apologise over surau gaffe

Serdang MP Teoh Nie Ching speaking in a surau during Ramadan

PETALING JAYA: Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching, in trouble with state Islamic authorities for giving a talk in the prayer hall of a surau in Kajang on Sunday, said she will give a clarification to the Sultan of Selangor as well as apologise to the ruler over her conduct.

“I will clarify and apologise to the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Shara­fuddin Idris Shah,” she said in a statement here yesterday.

A photograph of Teo standing before a congregation at the Al-Huda surau in Kajang Sentral and delivering a speech in a kebaya without covering her head had appeared in various blogs and was also picked up by the mainstream media recently.

Reacting to the incident, the Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (MAIS) said on Friday it would issue a warning letter to Teo, whose action was said to have upset the Sultan.

The ruler was reportedly also angry with the surau management committee and had ordered MAIS to take stern action.

Defending her action, Teo said she had visited the surau on Aug 22 to present financial aid from the state government to repair its gate.

She then joined the committee and the congregation in breaking fast.

“As I was invited to give a brief speech, I made a sincere effort to explain the state’s education programme for the benefit of the people.

“I regret that the matter has caused restlessness among Mus­lims nationwide and this issue has been further heated up by certain quarters due to political reasons,” she said.

PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat has defended Teo, saying that what the MP did was the best way to get to know Muslims better.

“There is nothing wrong for a non-Muslim woman to speak in a surau as long as she is decently dressed,” he said.

Selangor DAP chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah said he regretted MAIS’ warning to Teo, who was only carrying out her duty to help all levels of the country’s multi-racial and multi-religious society.

Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said it was totally unnecessary, insulting and unbecoming of Teo to have entered a sacred part of the surau to purportedly give a tazkirah and gifts during a religious function.

She said the DAP, having been around a long time, should have known what was sensitive and offensive to Islam and other religions.

Barisan Youth and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said there was “extreme naivety” on Teo’s part and it “maybe shows DAP’s lack of sensitivity towards other race and religion”.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2010/08/29/serdang-mp-to-apologise-over-surau-gaffe/#ciH44xeGVSxAxe43.99

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HRH Tuanku Sultan Selangor already decreed that the mosques and suraus in the state shall not be the platform for any political events in nature or form. He even wanted the said mosque and surau AJKs who use the house of worship for political purpose to resign.

It is sheer biadap for the Non Muslim Opposition leaders to continuously violate the sanctity of Muslim house of worship, for their own politics especially in the holy month of Ramadan. And conveniently apologise when they cause the rile of Muslims.

The insult is even worse when HRH Tuanku Sultan Selangor explicitly instructed that no such act to be tolerated any further.

Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (MAIS) should be mindful of this blatant excuse for Opposition leaders to violate the sanctity of mosque or surau, especially in the holy month of Ramadan with excuses such as “Donations” and instead, take action.

The body which act as advisory to HRH Tuanku Sultan Selangor could take the pro-active initiative such as be the one stop centre for all alms and donations for mosques or suraus or any events pertaining to religion in mosques and suraus.

MAIS could keep separate accounts on behalf of each mosques and suraus. for a more efficient administrative purposes since the body maintained a proper system for zakat collections, alms and the Selangor Baitulmal.

This is more productive than going after bloggers for highlighting issues pertaining to abuse and breach of contract on assets developed for the body.

*Updated Saturday 3 June eight p.m.

The biadap behaviour of Opposition supporters, especially the Non Muslim is compounding to be very intolerable.

The insult is sedatiously against HRH Tuanku Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, his constitutional position as the Head of Islam in the State and Islam as the religioun of Federation of Malaysia.

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