SHAH ALAM: Subang MP R. Sivarasa has denied giving a political speech or ‘ceramah’ at the An-Nur Kampung Melayu Subang mosque last Wednesday.
The PKR MP told Malay daily, Berita Harian that his presence at the mosque had been misunderstood by some quarters, pointing out that he was there to hand over a contribution of RM71,000 to the surau and mosques in the constituency.
“I only gave a brief speech to extend Ramadan wishes to those present and stressed on my confidence on the Selangor government’s commitment in assisting the mosque and surau institutions in the state.
“I also shared a bit of my experience of visiting surau and mosques in my constituency since I became Subang MP in 2008.
“I was present (at the mosque) after being informed about the contribution handover by the Kota Damansara state constituency coordinator’s office,” Sivarasa told BH via WhatsApp last night.
Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) director Datuk Haris Kasim was reported last night as saying that the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Shah was displeased with Sivarasa’s action.
Haris said this was conveyed to him by Sultan’s private secretary, Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani.
Sivarasa added that before he presented the contributions with the constituency coordinator Radzlan Jalaludin, he was invited to give a simple speech before 70 surau and mosque representatives.
Radzlan, too, had given a speech before him, said Sivarasa.
“I was present as Subang MP, who was chosen by a majority of Muslim and non-Muslim voters. I was not there to represent the Menteri Besar as said by certain parties that had misunderstood the facts.
“This was because I was not asked to represent him. That was all that happened.
“I am confident (this matter) had already explained by all the parties involved to Jais.” said Sivarasa.
Source: NST Online