Selayang mosque chairman to be sacked

(Jais)-Haris-KasimPETALING JAYA: The chairman of a mosque in Selayang is set to face the music for allowing the constituency’s non-Muslim MP into the prayer hall recently.

Malay Mail Online quoted Selangor Islamic Religious Department Director (Jais) Haris Kasim as saying that the chairman, who was not identified in the report, will face the sack.

This comes after Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s decree yesterday that mosque guardians (nazir) who allowed non-Muslim politicians to carry out political programmes in their premises should be sacked.

In this case, the guardian had allowed Selayang MP William Leong into the prayer hall during a buka puasa event last Saturday. Leong has since denied he was there to deliver a political speech and said it was merely to hand out donations and wish the congregation “Selamat berbuka”.

Haris told the news portal he would relay the dismissal to the mosque guardian today.

The “nazir”, who is tasked to oversee the daily running of a mosque, is appointed by the state Islamic council.

Under the Selangor Mosque and Surau Guideline 2010, non-Muslims are not allowed to step into the prayer area of a mosque or surau in the state, for any activity, said the report.

Those who break the rule can be charged under Section 12 of the state Shariah Criminal Enactment 1995 and can be fined not more than RM3,000, or jailed a maximum of two years, or both.