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Anti-Shia bill gets royal backing


TEACHINGS: Tunku Annuar urges all in Kedah to stop politicising issue

 ALOR STAR: THE state government's move to enact an anti-Shia law has received the blessings and support of the Kedah palace.

Sultan of Kedah Council of Regency chairman Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Sultan Badlishah urged the state government to deal with Shia teachings in a royal address when opening the 13th state assembly here yesterday.

He said except for Sunnah Wal Jamaah, other Islamic teachings were banned.

Tunku Annuar urged all quarters to work together to deal with the issue instead of politicising it.

"Shia teachings are rejected by the national and state Fatwa councils.

"As such, the government should take action against those who spread them.

"The sanctity of Islam, the sovereignty of the rulers' institution, the credibility of the state Constitution and the rights of all the races, which are enshrined under the Federal Constitution, should not debated."

Before opening the state assembly sitting, Tunku Annuar inspected the guard of honour at Dataran Wisma Darul Aman here.

Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir had announced that the state government would table a bill to empower religious authorities to enforce an anti-Shia law.

Tunku Annuar reminded all parties to refrain from activities in mosques or surau that threatened the unity of Muslims.

He urged the Kedah Islamic Council to ensure that mosques and surau were used as platforms to promote unity among Muslims.

He called for the authorities to take action against parties who exploited children and orphans to solicit funds.

Tunku Annuar touched on the state government's initiative to strengthen the state's economy through various sectors, including the agriculture and agro-based sector.

He proposed that mini-estate project areas under the Muda Agricultural Development Authority (Mada) be expanded to achieve the target of 10 tonnes per hectare yield.

"Research and development aspects are essential to increase padi production.

"Economic activities, including padi planting should be explored outside Mada areas."

Tunku Annuar lauded the state government's move to promote padi planting with the launch of a project involving 312ha in Kota Kuala Muda.

"The mini estate concept, which had boosted padi yields, should be carried out for other types of plants, too."

Sultan of Kedah Council of Regency chairman Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Sultan Badlishah (right) receiving the ‘titah watikah’ (letter of authorisation) from Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir at the opening of the 13th state assembly in Alor Star yesterday. Pic by Sharul Hafiz Zam

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