The Star, Thursday November 20, 2008
SHAH ALAM: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has denied that the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) is involved in the construction of the Rebana Ubi arch, which will reportedly be built on the Federal Highway.
He said the department was not involved in any construction involving arches, adding that he would not know if other religious authorities were involved.
Impressive: I-Berhad chairman Datuk Lim Kim Hong (second from left) showing Ahmad Zahid (left) a model of the International Islamic Hub in Shah Alam yesterday.
“Jakim definitely has many other more important things to do than to construct arches along the Federal Highway,” he told reporters after launching the 29ha International Islamic Hub at I-city here yesterday.
“I deny that Jakim is involved in the construction of any arch.”
He was responding to a news report on public outcry that they had been kept in the dark over the project that was reportedly being carried out by Jakim.
The newspaper claimed that there were plans to build the arch near the UEM and Malay College Old Boys Association buildings at the Jalan Syed Putra stretch of the Federal Highway.
City Hall and the Federal Territories Ministry have since denied any links with the project, which is said to have left thousands of consumers without water on Tuesday night due to work carried out by Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor for the project.
Earlier in Serdang, Ahmad Zahid said the authorities would charge heretical Islamic sect founder Ayah Pin or Arifin Muhamad, 65, in court in Kuala Terengganu once he returned to the country.
He said the authorities had identified Ayah Pin’s location and were working on bringing him home.
In Kuala Terengganu, Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said slammed the state’s religious department for its weak stance over the Ayah Pin case although it had the opportunity to apprehend him recently.
KOMEN: Macam mana I Berhad ini boleh baik dengan Zahid? I Berhad adalah kawan baik dan pembiayai Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, bekas bos Zahid di PNB dan kroni Anwar Ibrahim. Macam nak berbalik dan berbaik ke Anwar juga kamu, ye?
Politik bermuka-muka dan lalang Zahid Hamidi. Mana aperjuanagn orang macam ini. Hanya boleh harap syarahan saja hebat.