Sunday, July 12

Najib’s presence at Thaipusam celebration not unIslamic — Perak mufti

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BANGI: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s presence at the recent Thaipusam celebration in Batu Caves was not against Islamic doctrine, said Perak mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria.

He said this after Najib informed him what actually happened when he attended the Thaipusam celebration in Batu Caves, when the two met at the opening of a Pekan Umno-organised seminar on ‘Professionalism of Islamic Religious Speakers’ by
the prime minister, here, yesterday.

“What the prime minister did was to be at the hall to explain government policies, he was not involved in the religious procession and did not enter the cave temple,” Harussani said when met by reporters, here, yesterday.

He said as a national leader, it was not wrong for Najib to be together with the other races in conjunction with a festival celebration.

“It’s okay if there is no intention of celebrating or endorsing the rites of other religions,” he said.

The Perak mufti was prior to this, quoted as saying that it was unIslamic for a Muslim to bless and join in a religious celebration in a temple.

On Najib wearing a kurta when witnessing the Batu Caves Thaipusam celebration, Harussani said it was only a traditional attire which was also worn by Muslims in India.

Instead, Harussani said, he was more disappointed with Pas’ action in Perak where during the Thaipusam celebration, they set up stalls and canopies and flew the Pas flag as though they were celebrating the occasion too.

On another note, he said: “The problem now is, the Malays are divided, each group is always looking for an opportunity to hit out at the others over the slighest fault.

“I hope our people (Malays) return to their roots … having different political ideologies shouldn’t be a problem.” Harussani also advised those out to manipulate issues to stop their misdeed as this could cause wild accusations being thrown about, creating animosity. — Bernama