Moderate Malaysia Update: Islamic government dictates architecture of non Muslim buildings
Posted by The Anti-Jihadist on May 27, 2012 1:28 AM
KOTA BARU: PAS appears to make a small consensus following the controversy on designs of new buildings but insist there be no images of idols.
The Kelantan state government will allow buildings to be constructed without any Islamic features so long they do not have elements that are against the religion, said Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
'Mentri Besar' means senior minister of the Malaysian State government, or the equivalent of a U.S. state governor.
“Islam is a universal religion and is suitable for all races. The Buddhist association can build it (its new building) as long as it does not have elements that go against Islam.
“For instance, they can have any Chinese designs, architecture or colours but they are discouraged from putting images of idols on the buildings,” he told reporters after launching the state Muktamar Dewan Ulama PAS in Machang Saturday.
There you go. As long as it doesn't have 'idols' or other, um, 'unIslamic elements'. That sounds 'moderate', doesn't it? Of course, a typical Buddhist temple is probably chock-full of non-Islamic elements, but never mind.
He was asked to comment on a controversy involving the Kelantan Buddhist Association, which was required to abide by municipal by-laws requiring new buildings within its jurisdiction to have Islamic features.
Perhaps it's an appeal with a foregone conclusion? Perish the thought--that would no doubt be 'Islamophobic'.
It had been reported that the Kelantan Buddhist Association had submitted an appeal to the state government for its building to be constructed with Chinese features at Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin here.
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