Jamil Khir: Jais played its role in safeguarding Islam

Jamil Khir Baharom

(Bernama) – The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) played its role in safeguarding the interests of Islam in the state in the case of a Hindu wedding in Petaling Jaya recently.

According to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, in terms of procedure, Jais was more knowledgeable on the authority vested in it – in accordance with the constitution – that Islam is under the authority of the respective state Islamic religious councils.

“We hope everyone is open about it and hand over the responsibility to the proper authority,” he told reporters on Thursday.

Jamil Khir was asked to comment on the statement by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim that Jais’ raid on the wedding of Zarina Abdullah Majid at a Hindu temple in Petaling Jaya on Sunday did not abide by the standard operating procedure.

Jais claimed that the bride at the wedding was a Muslim, but she dismissed it, saying that father had converted to Islam without the knowledge of the family.

Jamil Khir said the Islamic religious councils should play their role in safeguarding the religion in accordance with the authority vested in them.  “Any failure (in such a case) may make the council to be seen as having failed in discharging its duty,” he added.