Mais: No forcing religious teachers to attend Anwar’s talk

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SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) has instructed the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) to rescind its order to religious teachers in the state to attend the Pemikiran Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (The Thinking of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) seminar scheduled to be held here on Monday.

Mais chairman Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa in a statement here today said the Jais officer who issued the order did so on his own accord without referring to higher ups.

He also reminded the state government and Selangor PKR leaders not to involve Jais in political matters.

However, Jais director Haris Kasim in a separate statement said the department received an order from the state government to invite the religious teachers to attend the seminar but it was not mandatory for them to do so.

Former deputy prime minister and former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is currently serving a a five-year prison sentence after being convicted of sodomy.