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Tourism Ministry to boost security at mosques


KUALA TERENGGANU, Oct 10 — The Tourism and Culture Ministry is to work with the Home Ministry to keep the 30 mosques in the country that are tourist attractions free from the threat of extremists who intend to burn down houses of worship.

Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said the ministry, through the Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) and Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim), would beef up the security units at these mosques.

“We will invite the Home Ministry to give briefings on security and cite the latest situations that can jeopardise the safety of visitors to enable the mosque security units to keep the houses of worship safe.

“The mosque managements must also be alert and not remain silent when dubious groups or individuals come to their mosques with the aim of spreading false teachings,” she said.

Mas Ermieyati spoke to reporters after opening the second edition of the National Roundtable of Imams on Mosque Tourism, here, today. About 80 people attended the two-day meeting that began today.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said there existed certain groups which wanted to burn down houses of worship in the country, purportedly to spark social unrest among the multiracial population.

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The Malay Mail Online