Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Malaysian Offical Rejects Request For Chinese Muslim Mosque

In Malaysia, Abdul Hamid Othman, the religious adviser to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, has recommended that the government refuse a request by Chinese Muslims who want to build a Chinese-designed mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Yesterday's Khaleej Times reported on the dispute. Danial Hakim Boey, head of the Malaysian Chinese Muslim Community, says that Indian Muslims in Malaysia have their own buildings. However, Hamid said that the request has political implications: "Now they want their own mosques, the next time around they will be asking for leaders to represent their ethnic groups."