Police receive six reports on use of surau by Buddhists

JOHOR BAHRU, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- Police have received six reports from various groups concerning the management of a resort in Sedili Besar, Kota Tinggi who had allowed the surau at the resort to be used by Buddhists to perform a religious ceremony.

Johor Police Chief, Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said a special team headed by Johor Deputy Police Chief, Datuk Ismail Yatim, would carry out an immediate investigation after the police received court approval today to remand the resort owner.

"The police now want the people to refrain from making any speculation on the matter while bloggers are urged not to aggravate the situation through the blogs which could anger the people," he told reporters at the Johor Contingent Police Headquarters (IPK), here today.

Mohd Mokhtar said he had also issued a directive to the Kota Tinggi OCPD to hold a meeting with the local community to pacify them.

The press had earlier reported that residents in the Sedili Besar fishing village were shocked when the premises built as a surau on the resort area had been tainted because a non-Islamic religious ceremony was held there.

A guest at the resort realised about the prayer session by the followers of Buddha there when he wanted to perform his Asar prayers on Saturday.

As a result, police yesterday remanded the resort owner, a 45-year-old man, to assist in the investigation.

In another development, Mohd Mokhtar said the police were waiting for a report from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), expected to be obtained tomorrow, to conduct further investigation on a man, using the name Alan Tang, who is alleged to have insulted Islam in his social website, Facebook.

The Johor Police Chief said police had so far received four reports from the public on the issue and immediate investigation would be carried out to enable a comprehensive investigation paper to be submitted to the public prosecutor.

Recently, Tang was reported to have uploaded an Aidilfitri greeting card on his social website, Facebook, by displaying the photograph of a pig head together with 'ketupat' and 'lemang' with the greetings 'for Malay muslim...Selamat hari (raya) buat semua, nikmati hidangan head roast pork with ketupat'.

Tang, on the contrary, claimed that there were other individuals who had copied the photograph and used his name in the Facebook to slander him and insult Islam.