Govt has never banned any non-Muslim celebration in Malaysia: Official

Thousands of Indonesian Muslims attend an event at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay marking the end of Ramadan. Photo: Dickson Lee. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16, 2020, Bernama. The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) has never banned any festive celebration, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa. He said the department would give its opinion on the etiquette that needed to be followed by Muslims when attending the celebrations of other faiths, Malay Mail reported.

Mujahid said the matter had been clarified in the Cabinet meeting after a circular on the Ponggal celebrations was issued by the Ministry of Education (MoE).

“We (Jakim) were asked on our opinion by the MOE. We gave our opinion and within that opinion that we gave, we submitted it to the MoE in the best manner for them to explain it to the public and concerned parties who are the Muslims.

“How they are going to say it, is not our drafting or crafting. It is their crafting,” he told reporters after receiving an allocation amounting RM100 million from the Ministry of Finance for tahfiz schools, people’s religious schools and pondok schools here today.

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