Rulers back Johor and Perlis stance against Muslim-only launderettes

A soldier standing guard outside the Johor palace. The Malay Rulers have endorsed the stand by the Johor Sultan and Raja Muda Perlis to forbid Muslim-only launderettes. – AFP pic, October 10, 2017.

THE Malay Rulers have endorsed the Johor Sultan and Perlis Raja Muda’s decision to forbid Muslim-only launderettes in their respective states, lauding the two monarchs for upholding moderation and inclusiveness.

“The Rulers greatly appreciate the strong stance of His Majesty the Sultan of Johor in forbidding the ‘Muslim-only laundry’ in the state of Johor, as well as the stance taken by His Royal Highness the Raja Muda of Perlis in a similar case in the State of Perlis,” said a statement issued today and signed by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Syed Danial Syed Ahmad.

The rulers said the Johor Sultan and Perlis Raja Musa’s stance had demonstrated their commitment to “ensure Muslims behave with respect, moderation and inclusiveness” in a country that is home to people of diverse faiths and ethnic groups.

Last month, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor told off a launderette in Muar for only accepting Muslim customers. He said Johor belonged to people of all races and faiths and that it was “not a Taliban state”.

Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainab Abidin had also investigated a Muslim-only launderette in Kangar on the instruction of the Raja Muda of Perlis.

“In recent weeks, the actions of certain individuals have gone beyond all acceptable standards of decency, putting at risk the harmony that currently exists within our multireligious and multiethnic society,” the Malay Rulers said.

“The Rulers are of the opinion that the damaging implications of such actions are more severe when they are erroneously associated with or committed in the name of Islam.

“As a religion that encourages its followers to be respectful, moderate, and inclusive, the reputation of Islam must not ever be tainted by the divisive actions of certain groups or individuals which may lead to rifts among the rakyat,” the statement said.

The Malay Rulers took issues of unity and harmony among citizens very seriously and they reminded Malaysians to adhere to the core principles in the Federal Constitution and the Rukun Negara, it added.

“Unity among Malaysia’s multiethnic and multireligious people is key to ensuring the country’s ongoing stability.” – October 10, 2017.

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  • Pegawai Jakim tu amacam?

    Posted 6 years ago by Britney Spears · Reply

  • Again, it makes little difference. Sooner or later there will be Muslim-only laundrette.

    Posted 6 years ago by Bigjoe Lam · Reply

  • In this heartening statement, the Rulers have firmly put their foot down against the recent dangerous slide towards extremism in race and religion. The Rulers warned the extremists not to smear the good name of Islam and not to create racial disunity. They re-asserted the importance of tolerance, moderation, inclusiveness and mutual respect as guiding principles in preserving the harmony of this multi-religious and multi-racial society.
    Umno and PAS should take heed from this rare royal intervention to back off from their reckless use of race and religion to satiate their greed for political power.

    Posted 6 years ago by Kim quek · Reply

  • Having created the religious authorities, the government let them have their way as if they were men of God receiving instructions directly from God and over whom the government had no control. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. It's true even in religious matters.

    Posted 6 years ago by Ravinder Singh · Reply