Thursday, September 11, 2008

Khir, journalist, have seven days to apologise to Kok

Khir, journalist, have seven days to apologise to Kok

SHAH ALAM (Sept 10 2008) : Former Selangor mentri besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and an Utusan Malaysia journalist have been given seven days to retract accusations against Kinrara state assemblywoman Teresa Kok and to apologise to her.
Kok said she had been accused of having told a mosque in Kota Damasara to do away with loud speakers during the azan (morning call for prayers) as it was a disruption to some people living in the area.

"These are preposterous allegations that state that I had gone to the mosque early in the morning to tell them not to use the loud speakers, and that I had written on behalf of the residents to Seri Serdang state assemblyman Datuk Satim Diman to ask him for assistance," she said.

"Why would I write to Satim, who is an opposition member, when I can easily approach the state executive councillors here, like Datuk Hassan Ali, to resolve the issue?"

Kok is also the state executive councillor for investment, industries and commerce.

"This is common sense," she said, pointing out that, in the first place, no residents had approached her with complaints about loud morning calls from the mosque and, thus, it was never a matter for her to pursue.

"These allegations highlighted in Mohd Khir’s blog and Utusan Malaysia’s Zaini Hassan’s column are all lies," she said.

Taking questions from an Utusan Malaysia reporter on whether she had problems with a mosque near her home, Kok said: "My home is near the masjid and I have no problems with this."

State executive councilor for health, estate, workers, poverty and caring government Dr Xavier Jayakumar said: "We take these allegations seriously.

"As far as Selangor is concerned, we expect a retraction and apology in writing to us within seven days. If not, the state government will initiate legal action against Utusan Malaysia and the writer over this article, which is without credit and not factual," he said.

In a statement to the media, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s political secretary, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, said Kota Damasara mosque committee member Ustaz Hassan Basri had confirmed that the matter was a non-issue.

Updated: 10:12PM Wed, 10 Sep 2008

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