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PKR member of parliament R. Sivarasa today apologises to the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah for delivering a speech in An-Nur Mosque, Kampung Melayu Subang on May 24. (File pix)

SHAH ALAM: PKR member of parliament R. Sivarasa today apologises to the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah for delivering a speech in An-Nur Mosque, Kampung Melayu Subang on May 24.

In a statement, Sivarasa said he had written a private letter to Sultan Sharafuddin on Monday, explaining what had happened during the incident.

"On Monday June 5, I have delivered a private letter for DYMM Tuanku Sultan Selangor to explain what had actually happened during the ceremony to present contributions at An-Nur Mosque, Kampung Melayu Subang on May 24.

"In the letter, I have explained to Sultan Sharafuddin that my short speech (during the event) was not a ceramah or a political speech.

"However, after having analyses Sultan Sharafuddin's decree on Friday at An-Nur Mosque in Temasya Glenmarie, where His Highness had made clear of his order and reminder that no politicians, be it Muslims or non-Muslims, are allowed to give any speech or ceramah inside a mosque or in its compound.

"It was clear that I had violated this order with my short speech. And thus, in my letter, I have apologised to Sultan Sharafuddin for my mistake," Sivarasa said.

Sultan Sharafuddin had in his decree on Friday said Sivarasa had "crossed the line!" when the latter gave the speech despite the reminders.

"I don't allow politicians to deliver ceramah or give speeches in mosques because I don't want the holy place to be a cause of disunity among Muslims.

The sultan, in his decree, also told off mosque officials who want to bring politics into the house of worship to resign and surrender their responsibilities to others.

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