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State exco says cemetery not trespassed

State exco says cemetery not trespassed

Friday, December 28, 2012 – 14:52
Location:
GEORGE TOWN

PENANG Islamic affairs committee chairman Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim has clarified that a developer did not trespass a Muslim cemetery in Jalan Boundary here, as claimed by a family living nearby.

He said the developer was only building a wall to replace the chain-link fence.

“Checks with the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) also showed the developer did not cross into the cemetery,” he said at a press conference yesterday with Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Council (MAIPP) and Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Deparment (JAIPP) officials.

Abdul Malik said the state religious authorities would not tolerate or compromise with any developers or contractors found encroaching into Muslim gazetted land, including burial grounds. The family claimed the developer had displaced some tombstones when encroaching into the area last Wednesday.

On Monday, Malay rights group Perkasa led about 50 people in a demonstration at Komtar [2] to express displeasure over the allegation and presented three gravestones, one each to the MPPP, MAIPP and Abdul Malik, whom they claimed were responsible for the matter.

Abdul Malik said the headstones found leaning against the fence were old ones replaced by the deceased’s families.

He showed photographs of the old tombstones leaning against the fence taken in 2010.

“These old tombstones will be returned to the spot where they were found,” he said.

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