ALOR SETAR: A trader was shocked after finding severalÂ torn pages of the Quran which were believed to have been burned in an aluminium
container at a food court near the Main Market, here today.
The trader, Mohd Fauzi Sharif, 53, said he was told about the incident by anÂ unidentified man, in his 30s, at 9.30am.
He said he was led by the man to the scene to see for himself torn pages ofÂ the Quran which were believed to have been burned in the container, beforeÂ lodging reports with the police and the Kedah Islamic Religious Department.
“I saw torn pages of the quran on the cover of the container which was usedÂ to burn paper. I also saw several more torn quran pages inside the containerÂ which also contained ashes,” he told reporters at the scene here, today.
Meanwhile, State Religious, Indian and Siamese Community Affairs, HumanÂ Resource and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Rawi Abdul Hamid urged theÂ police to investigate the matter.
“I am disappointed the quran is treated in such a manner when there is aÂ correct method to dispose off the quran,” he said when contacted.
He urged the public not to overreact and to keep calm while waiting for theÂ police investigation to be carried out to identify the culprit.
Meanwhile, Kedah police urged the public to be patient while investigationÂ was conducted on the case.
Kedah acting police chief Datuk Zakaria Yusof said police suspected theÂ person who burned the quran had mental problems and hoped the issue would not beÂ blown out of proportion which could result in communal misunderstanding.
“If it was done with malicious intention we will take action under SectionÂ 298A of the Penal Code, for committing an act that could lead to disintegrationÂ of harmony and unity, feeling of dissatisfaction, prejudice based on religion,Â which carries a prison sentence of two to five years,” he told reporters here,today.
He hoped those with information on the matter could come forward and help inÂ investigation.–BERNAMA