So, you all definitely would have heard the news by now about the launderette in Johor that claimed to be only for Muslim customers. We all also knew that this would come as an upsetting news to the Sultan of Johor, knowing him for a man with pride and open-mindedness. Of course, he would be speaking about this issue.
The Sultan of Johor was really angered with the owner of the launderette and how they ran their business. The news first broke out on social media when it went viral days ago, and mufti’s and locals were debating about it. Even the Prince of Johor spoke out about how appalled he is with the incident. It’s time for the Sultan of Johor to say his part.
Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Sultan of Johor has already ordered that the Muslim-only launderette in Muar to immediately remove and stop their discriminatory practice or else pay the price of getting their business shut down by him.
He expressed himself by saying,
“I cannot accept this nonsense. This is Johor, which belongs to Bangsa Johor and it belongs to all races and faiths. This is a progressive, modern and moderate state.
“This is not a Taliban state and as the Head of Islam in Johor, I find this action to be totally unacceptable as this is extremist in nature.”
The state Islamic religious affairs committee that was run by chairman Abdul Mutalip Abd Rahim, religious council and the district council was already called by His Majesty to investigate the matter soonest. The Sultan also spoke to the Mufti Johor, Datuk Mohd Tahrir Samsudin and the state exco for religion Abd Mutalip Abd Rahim over the matter.
Woah, salute the Sultan of Johor for his effectiveness and ways of handling a crisis!
The Sultan said,
“I want the owner to apologise to me and the people of Johor. He has made Johoreans very angry and embarrassed because this is not the Johor we want.
“The owner has gone against the vision of a united, harmonious, moderate and tolerant Johor. If he still insists on carrying on the Muslim-only practice, he can leave Johor. I suggest he set up shop in Afghanistan. His thinking is sick and goes against everything that Johor stands for.”
The royal family of Johor is deeply upset with the matter and are “deeply appalled” by the actions of the owner of the launderette. They feared that if this was not stopped, it could lead to more narrow-minded actions in the name of Islam.
The owner of the launderette first put up a notice saying “Muslim-Only, however after the issue went viral and sparked a controversy, the owner changed the sign to “Muslim-Friendly” instead to sound more toned down. His Majesty said,
“Don’t try to be clever. It’s still the same. The owner needs to have his brains cleaned up.
“I want to put a stop to such extremism. Extremism has no place in my state. We take pride in being Bangsa Johor and I want to know where the owner of this launderette learn his Islam? Islam teaches the faithful to be tolerant and respect other people and faiths.”
Johor mosques were said to be open to non-Muslims too if they were dressed appropriately and the Sultan says he could not imagine that non-Muslims were banned from entering these mosques and said that he was concerned over the rising of religious extremism. The Sultan said,
“I wonder where this launderette owner washes his clothes when he is overseas? Is he saying only the clothes of Muslims are clean and those of non-Muslims are unclean? That’s what he means, I believe.
“From now on, I am directing the state executive council and all the councils to insist that any business owners who carry out such blatant discriminatory practices should have their licences revoked. Don’t mess around with your narrow-minded religious prejudices.”
His Majesty also said that he could not be silent about this issue, as if this were to continue going unnoticed, “then next we will have taxis for only Muslims or non-Muslims.”
He also said that he did not want other races to carry out such similar actions as this.
Seems to us like the Sultan of Johor takes matters like these really seriously. It’s time for the owner to reconsider his signboards!