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Malaysia to Ban 'I Want to Touch a Dog' Events Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 02:38 AM

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) has issued a fatwa to forbid all Muslims in Malaysia from attending dog petting festivals.

According to Channel NewsAsia, "The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (JAKIM) said it will conduct a thorough investigation on the "I Want To Touch A Dog" event which received overwhelming response from Muslims in the country."

Othman Mustapha, JAKIM director-general, is quoted as saying that, "This event has never been held previously and it is the first time it is being exposed to the community. We are Muslims and our religion has stated clearly the penalty regarding dogs. JAKIM will investigate the matter immediately and any action will be referred to the existing provisions."

As reported by Channel NewsAsia, "JAKIM director-general Othman Mustapha said the programme should not have taken place, and JAKIM regretted the irresponsible attitude of the organisers who were not concerned with the sensitivities of Muslims in the country."

JAKIM has expressed grave concerns that Malaysian Muslims have become big fans of pet dogs.

To read the entire article from Channel NewsAsia, link here:

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