Khalid gives green light for Malay artistes

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SHAH ALAM   –   Selangor has given the green light for artistes to conduct talks and lectures in mosques in the state.

However, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said they need to adhere to guidelines by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais).

“They could give advise and lecture on the things that they are good at in their own way. Islamic lecture is not only on ‘ibadah’ (observance) but things like the (Islamic) way of life, personal hygiene and more,” he told a press conference after officiating a leadership camp for artistes at the Bukit Kemuning Golf and Country Resort today.

Among artistes present at the camp were ex-comedian Bob Lokman, actor Ashraf Muslim, actresses Diyana Amir and Aida Rahim, actor-turned-preacher Azmil Mustapha and singer Radzi Rahim from the band Melissa.

Bob Lokman was detained by Jais in October last year under Section 119 of the Selangor Religious Administration Enactment for giving a religious lecture without valid credentials.

Abdul Khalid said artistes should use their talents to help others and promote Islamic lifestyle among the people of Selangor. He added that the state government believes the initiative and cooperation with Jais will help enlighten Muslims on their religion.

“Artistes can also reach out to young people and help them from becoming entangled with social problems.”   – Sundaily