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S’gor Sultan Counters Flak, Endorses Bon Odori Fest As “Religion Can Be Distinguished From Culture”

today9 June 2022


source: Malay Mail

After much ado regarding the long-celebrated Bon Odori festival set to take place in Shah Alam next month, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) has confirmed that the cultural ceremony has been green-lighted by the Selangor Sultan.

As per its director, Datuk Mohd Shahzihan Ahmad, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah summoned officers from Jais and the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) for a meeting earlier today.

They were collectively advised that all rulings must take into account the state’s residents’ diversification and individual belief systems.

Datuk Mohd Shahzihan Ahmad. (source: Harian Metro)

“His Highness attended the event a few years ago and did not recognise any aspects that could deplete Muslim faith,” he explained, according to Malay Mail.

Mohd Shahzihan also asserted that the Sultan urged Jais and MBSA officers to attend the event and witness it for themselves.

“His Highness…

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Written by: Lara Lee