What’s in your copy of The Star today? (Sept 27)
Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017
JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, has ordered the controversial Muslim-only launderette in Muar to immediately stop its discriminatory practice or risk being shut down by him.
“I cannot accept this nonsense. This is Johor, which belongs to Bangsa Johor and it belongs to all races and faiths. This is a progressive, modern and moderate state.
“This is not a Taliban state and as the Head of Islam in Johor, I find this action to be totally unacceptable as this is extremist in nature,” he said.
His Majesty said he also ordered the state Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Abdul Mutalip Abd Rahim, the religious council and the district council to investigate the matter.
The Sultan added that he had also spoken to Mufti Johor Datuk Mohd Tahrir Samsudin as well as state exco for religion Abd Mutalip Abd Rahim over the matter.
“I want the owner to apologise to me and the people of Johor. He has made Johoreans very angry and embarrassed because this is not the Johor we want.
“The owner has gone against the vision of a united, harmonious, moderate and tolerant Johor. If he still insists on carrying on the Muslim-only practice, he can leave Johor. I suggest he set up shop in Afghanistan. His thinking is sick and goes against everything that Johor stands for.”
His Majesty, who was visibly upset, said he and his family members were “deeply appalled” by the action of the launderette owner, saying if this was not stopped, it would lead to more narrow-minded actions in the name of Islam.
Pictures of the launderette went viral last week when it was reported that it had a sign saying that only Muslims were allowed to use its machines.
He said the owner had first put up his Muslim-only notices and after the issue became controversial, the owner put up a new sign to say it was “Muslim-friendly.”
“Don’t try to be clever. It’s still the same. The owner needs to have his brains cleaned up.
“I want to put a stop to such extremism. Extremism has no place in my state. We take pride in being Bangsa Johor and I want to know where the owner of this launderette learn his Islam? Islam teaches the faithful to be tolerant and respect other people and faiths,” he said at Istana Bukit Serene here yesterday,
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/09/27/dressing-down-for-launderette-open-it-to-all-or-just-close-shop-angry-johor-sultan-tells-owner/#uBLW2xckeTM6Zk8X.99
25 September 2017
Tunku Idris ‘appalled’ over Muslim-only launderette
The Johor prince takes to Instagram to say he is ‘appalled’ over the move
PETALING JAYA: Johor prince Tunku Idris Sultan Ibrahim has criticised the move by a launderette in his own state to limit its services to Muslims only.
Taking to Instagram, Tunku Idris posted a picture of The Star’s news report on the matter and added the caption: “Is this for real? This is too extreme. I’m appalled.”
In two subsequent posts, Tunku Idris uploaded an image with the text: “The Quran says, ‘speak good to people’ and that it doesn’t say to ‘speak good only to Muslims’.”
The second image was of a Quranic verse which states: “For you is your religion, and for me is my religion”.
The Quranic verse from surah Al-Kafirun is often cited to indicate the principle of freedom of religion in Islam.
Tunku Idris, however, did not specify whether or not the two subsequent posts had anything to do with the launderette.
24 September 2017
Muslim-only policy by Muar self-service launderette
PETALING JAYA: A self-service launderette in Muar, Johor, has adopted a Muslim-only policy by limiting its clientele to Muslim customers.
A photo showing a sign, “Only For Muslims”, said to have been taken at the launderette, has gone viral on social media, reported The Star today.
The sign also asks customers to remove their shoes before entering the shop.
“I am only carrying out my duty as a Muslim,” the 40-year-old launderette operator told a Chinese daily yesterday.
He said while Chinese and Indian Muslims were welcome to his launderette, the non-Muslims could visit the other nearby launderettes.
However, the operator declined to say why he had imposed such a condition on customers.