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“Oktoberfest Should Not Be Held, Potential To Disrupt Harmony And Safety” Says Idris Ahmad

“Oktoberfest Should Not Be Held, Potential To Disrupt Harmony And Safety” Says Idris Ahmad

He said non-Muslims aren’t prohibited from consuming alcohol but the festival could trigger social issues since alcohol is consumed publicly.

Adeline Leong

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Once again, the Oktoberfest cultural festival is being debated about again.

The Star reported that the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Datuk Idris Ahmad, said the festival has the potential to disrupt social harmony and safety.

He added that non-Muslims aren’t prohibited from consuming alcohol but the Oktoberfest events could trigger social problems since it’s held in a public festival setting and alcohol is consumed openly.

Due to this, he believes Oktoberfest should not be held at all.

On Oktoberfest, everyone should respect the rules and laws of Malaysia. Islam is the federal religion.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs), Datuk Idris Ahmad

He explained that the intoxicating effects of alcohol can lead to problems such as domestic violence, traffic accidents, poverty, fights, health problems and work performance issues.

He’s the same person advising Muslims not to attend Bon Odori

Credit: Bon Odori Malaysia/Facebook

Previously, Idris advised non-Muslims not to attend the Bon Odori festival because the celebration allegedly contained influences from other religions and is against Islam based on preliminary studies and observations by the Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

Idris also said the government isn’t against the Bon Odori festival by the Japanese Embassy since it’s a cultural celebration of the Japanese people’s traditions and beliefs.

READ MORE: Muslims Should Not Go To Bon Odori, Says Minister; Gets Flack From Literally Everyone

This led to Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah ordering the state Islamic Religious Department (Jais) not to prevent anyone from attending the festival.

The Sultan of Selangor also advised Idris to attend the festival himself and learn to tell the difference between religion and culture.

READ MORE: Bon Odori Will Go On, Says Sultan Selangor To JAIS

Despite the Sultan’s decree, PAS still held steadfast to prevent Muslims from attending the Japanese festival.

READ MORE: PAS Tells Muslims To Not Listen To Sultan’s Royal Decree About Bon Odori

This then led to a conversation between the Sultan of Selangor and Selangor PAS state commissioner Datuk Ahmad Yunus Hairi.

READ MORE: “We Have No Problem With Each Other” Says PAS Selangor After Sultan Summoned State Chief Over Bon Odori Stand

READ MORE: Selangor Sultan Says PAS Chief’s Statement Regarding Bon Odori After Royal Audience Inaccurate


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