|code: 217567||Date: 2010/12/19||source: Bernama|
Malaysia Respects Shi'ite Teachings In Other Countries - Jamil Khir
(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the government had banned the Shi'ite teachings as it could mislead the people and contradict the Sunni teachings followed by Malaysians.
"If there are two sects in this country, it may lead to bloodshed because the Muslim society will have differences in religious opinion, like what has happened to Muslim societies in Pakistan and Iraq.
"The government disallows the spreading of this (Shi'ite) teaching, following several wrongful propogations which could stir the harmony of the Muslims in this country," he said.
Jamil Khir was speaking to reporters after presenting school uniforms to 450 students of the Jerai parliamentary constituency, at a secondary religious school here. The uniforms were donated by the Jerai Umno division.
Last Thursday, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department detained 200 Shi'ite followers in an operation at a shoplot in Taman Sri Gombak, Batu Caves, near Kuala Lumpur.
Jamil Khir said, to maintain the harmonious Muslim society in the country, the government and the state Islamic religious departments should monitor and take appropriate action to contain such activities from spreading.