‘Sultan upset that Subang MP gave speech in mosque’

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PETALING JAYA: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, is reportedly upset with the action of Subang MP R Sivarasa, who is said to have entered a mosque and delivered a speech there last week.

Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) director Haris Kasim said he was informed about the matter by the sultan’s private secretary, Munir Bani.

“As has been announced by Selangor Islamic Council (Mais) chairman Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa at the sultan’s buka puasa event at Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah yesterday, all mosque managements should not allow speakers without proper credentials from giving talks,” he was quoted as saying by Berita Harian today.

The management of the mosque where Sivarasa had given his speech was summoned last Friday to provide details on the incident. An investigation paper has been submitted to the Selangor palace.

The incident occurred on May 24 when Sivarasa, who is a PKR member, was said to have entered the Masjid An-Nur Kampung Melayu as a representative of Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali and addressed those present there.

Several photos of Sivarasa in the premises were shared over social media, raising the ire of certain parties.

Adzib in his speech yesterday said there were preachers at mosques and surau, as well as public places in Selangor, who were violating rules by giving sermons without possessing appropriate credentials.

Jais is currently undertaking an operation to ensure invited speakers at Muslim religious places have the relevant qualifications from Mais.

FMT has attempted to contact Sivarasa and is awaiting his comments.