On October 9, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad gave the green light for organizers to hold Oktoberfest, a beer festival, in the city, but said they needed to adhere to guidelines set by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
Khalid said this include barring Muslims from participating and that such events are not held in public spaces.
The Amanah MP told FMT,
“Organizers must follow the guidelines.”
Oktoberfest had previously drawn criticism, with PAS, among others, objecting to the beer festival, which originates from Munich, Germany. Last year, the authorities canceled the Better Beer Festival 2017, held in conjunction with Oktoberfest, citing security reasons.
According to Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun, militants were planning to sabotage the festival, while the event’s organizers, MyBeer Malaysia said they were told by authorities that the beer fest was ‘politically sensitive’.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan also said that restaurants can organize Oktoberfest events if they are held within their premises and they are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages.
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He said after opening the KL Strata Community Convention 2018 at Bandar Tun Razak on Thursday, October 11,
“It is fine for such events to proceed as long as they don’t break the aw and patrons don’t cause a public disturbance or become a nuisance.
“We have not received any applications for Oktoberfest festivals to be held in KL to date. But we removed a large banner in Sungai Besi on such an event as no licence applications were done.”
When asked about an Oktoberfest event scheduled to take place at Mid Valley Megamall on Thursday itself, Nor Hisham said the event could proceed as it was being held indoors. He added,
“We will monitor the event and only take action if it spills over outdoors.”
However, Kelantan Mufti, Datuk Mohamad Shukri Mohamad said that the beer festival is not suitable even though it is only for non-Muslims. He said that it did not coincide with the moral and majority demands of the people in the country.
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He added that this is because Islam is the official religion of the country as noted in the national constitution. He told Sinar Harian,
“As a country with Islam as an official religion, organizing such a feast is unsuitable even though it is only for non-Muslims.
“It is up to non-Muslims to drink liquor and so if their religion is not barred, but the organization of the party is one that can defame the country as Islam is the official religion and other religions can be practiced peacefully.”
Mohamad Shukri claims the organizing of the party was considered to be outrageous and showed no respect for Muslims.
“It seems to want to challenge the position of Islam as the official religion of the country.
“Although Muslims are not allowed to join, in terms of consensus, non-Muslims and Muslims should have harmonious and mutual respect.”
He also questioned how the festival could be done privately.
“How can it be a private party when ‘festival’ is in the name? If it’s a festival, it can’t be a closed event. It’s probably closed so that Muslims can not attend, but the sensitivity of Muslims should e preserved and respected.”
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(Source: Sinar Harian / Free Malaysia Today)