Monday, 17 January 2011

The Azan volume controversy at Kg. Kerinchi, Mosque gets apology from a brave man & apologies accepted by the big hearted mosque committee members

Good news, this is a good old fashioned way to end the Azan controversy at Kg. Kerinchi Kuala Lumpur:

Mosque gets apology from lawyer
By Eileen Ng and Maizatul Ranai

KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer, who last month sent a letter of complaint to the prime minister’s office and requested that the volume of the azan at a mosque in his Pantai Dalam residential area be lowered, has apologised for his action.

Ng Kiam Nam tendered yesterday an apology for sending the letter, which was also forwarded to the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) and Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais), and admitted his lack of knowledge in the religion.

“I am sincerely sorry for the excessive move. As a non-Muslim, I admit that I could not differentiate between azan and subuh religious talk (kuliyyah subuh),” he told a press conference at the Lembah Pantai Umno division office.

Ng added that he would hold a dialogue with the relevant parties concerning the issue and hoped the matter would be put to rest without further dispute.

Present at the press conference were Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin and Ikram Mohd Yusuf, committee chairman of Al-Adhan Ikhlasiah Mosque in Kampung Kerinchi here.

About 100 people gathered at the Kampung Kerinchi mosque on Friday to express their displeasure over Ng’s letter, which questioned the volume of the loudspeakers announcing the azan at Al-Khadijah Mosque in Pantai Dalam.

Raja Nong Chik said there was no need to exaggerate the issue as the parties involved had reconciled.

He said following the complaints made, religious authorities would send their people to the ground to investigate them.

“However, some irresponsible parties were claiming that the mosque was ordered to lower the azan, which drove the protest.”

Read the rest in the NST: Mosque gets apology from lawyer

Ng Kian Kam is a good man it needs a brave hearted man to say you are sorry and equally it takes the big hearts of the mosque committee members to accept the apology.

By the way where is the Lembah Pantai PKR MP Nurul Izzah Anwar? She sort of dissapeared from the scene of the problem the last time I heard she is still seeking questions in her blog. Shouldn't an MP be trying to solve this sensitive problem at site where the action is, rather than asking questions seating on her chair somewhere. 

Hmm...the people of Lembah Pantai certainly do not deserve this kind of MP. When the going gets tough, the toughs get going, but apparently for the rookie PKR MP, when the going gets tough she just melts into the background. Pity for those voters in Lembah pantai who have such high hopes for her...sigh. 

Vote BN next time, vote the ever smiling Raja Nong Chik, he is your problem solving guy in Lembah Pantai folks. 

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