Abdul Malik shocked to receive ‘death’ as a mystery gift

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GEORGE TOWN  –  State Islamic Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Malik Abu Kassim is mystified over a “gift” in the form of three tombstones which were presented to him and two government agencies.

Abdul Malik likened the “gift” to that of a death threat as tombstones are synonymous with death and is now mulling the next course of action.

He said the Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Council (MAIPP) and Penang Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JAIPP), which also received the tombstones, would investigate the matter.

“My family was rather affected by what happened when I told them about it,” Abdul Malik said.

According to the Malaysian Digest,  the issue arose after a family alleged that a developer had encroached into a Muslim cemetery in Jalan Boundary last Wednesday and had removed several tombstones. Abdul Malik said investigations showed that the developer had been constructing a wall to replace the existing chain-link fence on the cemetery border.

“Checks with MPPP showed that the developer had not crossed into the cemetery,” Abdul Malik told a press conference yesterday where MAIPP and JAIPP officials were also present.

On the apparent displacement of tombstones, Abdul Malaik said that some tombstones were found leaning against the fence and these are old ones. He also showed photos taken in 2010 of these tombstones.