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Smoking In Public More Foolish Than Playing Pokemon Go: Dr. Asri

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PETALING JAYA: With all the hype and controversy surrounding Pokemon Go, Perlis Mufti Dr Asri Zainul Abidin said there are a lot of other foolish things that lead to stupidity and danger that people seem to ignore.

Although he discouraged people from playing the augmented reality game because it can lead to danger, he pointed out that there are equally or more harmful habits that can destroy the nation.

“Playing Pokemon may be foolish, but you can still control it. But there are other forms of stupidity and danger beyond your control.

“It puzzles me when I see someone smoking in public places and talking about the dangers of Pokemon.

“But they don’t realise that cigarettes have long destroyed them and the public,” he wrote on his Facebook page Thursday.

Dr Asri said the same logic applies to those who misappropriate public funds but are too carried away in criticising Pokemon Go.

“They don’t realise that the country is being destroyed by abuse and misadministration,” he said.

Stressing that the mobile game remains harmful to the public, Dr Asri reminded the people not to be too engrossed talking about the game until they forget more harmful and foolish things that are happening around them.

Dr Asri is the latest Muslim cleric to weigh in on the game.

Previously, Federal Territories Mufti Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri advised Muslims to stay away from the game as it brings more harm than good.

However, Kedah Mufti Datuk Syeikh Muhamad Baderudin took a more stern approach, declaring Pokemon Go haram in the state and urging that the game be banned in Malaysia.

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