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Thursday, October 31, 2013

'For the sake of Islam, stop helping other religions'

NGO Ikatan Musliman Malaysia (Isma) has accused the government of promoting other religions for the sake of drawing more tourists into the country and undermining its Islamic credentials overseas as well.

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the ministers for tourism and housing and local government, Isma president Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman said he was irked by the prominence given to Hindu temples recently. 

abdullah zaik pembela seminar on islam under seigeThis went against the federal constitution, which upholds Islam as the official religion of the country, Zaik (left) said.

"The government must be careful about making temples a tourism draw because it will make Muslim tourists cringe, particularly those form Middle East, who look up to Malaysia as a modern Islamic country," he added in a statement.

Zaik was referred to the Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple in Klang, which is being renovated with RM10 million budget so that it can be an icon and a tourism draw.

"The prime minister has vowed to uphold the laws and to promote Islam... Therefore, the aim to build holy houses of other religions beyond the need, for the sake of tourism draw, violates that promise," he said.

In a veiled threat, Zaik said that the Najib administration must be mindful of maintaining religious harmony in all its actions.

Isma then went on to urge the government to take urgent action before Malaysia's esteemed reputation overseas as a model Islamic country is ruined.

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