20 May 2019
The chairperson of Masjid Jamek Bandar Paloh, Hassan Sarkon said today that he would assume full responsibility for the incident where a banner with a political party logo was put up at the mosque.
Hassan said he became only aware of the banner after it was put up for an event.
“Maybe some mosque committee members got excited and put up the banner. However, I as the chairman who gave permission for the event to be held, take full responsibility over the matter,” he told Bernama when contacted.
He said the event was not politically motivated and it was a community programme.
“No speech was given during the event, there was only the handing over of contributions to the needy,” he added.
This morning, a woman had uploaded several photos in her Facebook account showing the Sembrong Wanita Umno organising a programme at the mosque.
The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar had recently banned the administration of mosques and surau from providing politicians with a platform for their political activities at mosques.
This came after Labis MP Pang Hok Liong was pictured giving a speech at Majlis Tenang Steysen in Labis on May 10.
Pang told Malaysiakini that he did not raise political issues, but was merely distributing aid to mosques and surau in conjunction with the month of Ramadan.
Mosque visit: Labis MP files a police report over Facebook post
Labis MP Pang Hok Liong today filed a police report over a purported slanderous Facebook posting in relation to his visit at the Jamek Tenang Stesen mosque on Friday.
In his police report, Pang said that a Facebook page called Ops Johor had uploaded a post with the caption ‘Adun Tenang; Bawak Masuk Anjing Dalam Masjid’ (Tenang assemblyperson brought a dog into the mosque).
“I am upset because I was just fulfilling my obligation as a responsible MP in my area.
“I was invited to hand out my contributions to the mosques and suraus in the area in conjunction with the fasting month,” he said.
Pang said that the slander had stirred a racial issue which had caused unease to the public.