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Anti-birthday Muslim preacher visits hospital patients on Deepavali day

 | October 18, 2017

The visit was described as for a "charitable purpose" by rock singer Awie who was supposed to take part in it.

pertiga-melaysiaPETALING JAYA: Penang-based Muslim preacher Shahul Hamid, who recently provoked a controversy by advising Muslims not to patronise non-Muslim hairdressers, raised eyebrows today with a poster on his Facebook page.

The poster features Shahul, Pertiga Malaysia president Sabaruddin Ahmad and the NGO’s deputy president Ahmad Azhar Othman, better known as Awie, informing people that the three of them were visiting Hospital Pulau Pinang.

The poster was accompanied by Shahul’s statement, “Jom beramai-ramai kita ziarah pesakit-pesakit di Hospital Pulau Pinang” (Let us all visit the patients of Hospital Pulau Pinang).

A staff at the hospital said the group was at the hospital as early as 1.30pm today, but declined to reveal more.

“Usually any group intending to visit patients or give them gifts would have to write a memo to the hospital director,” the woman staff said.

Popular rock singer and actor Awie, said he did not have the details of what Pertiga intended to do at the hospital.

“They usually hold these visits for a charitable purpose, like helping the homeless each week, helping flood victims and if there was a natural disaster they will also help out.

“The group has about 100,000 registered members,” he said, adding that he did not take part in the visit as he was in Kuala Lumpur.

When contacted, Health Ministry Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah responded, “no comment”.


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