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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Rude Guard smearing the image of the Masjid Jamek

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Recently, Brother Haji Kamarudin Abdullah, Chairman of the Islamic Propagation Society International, complained to me about the way a certain guard by the name of Zainal had been rudely chasing away tourists and visitors who came to the historic Masjid Jamek.

As his complaint was voiced out through the phone and I had no idea as to the identity of the person concerned, I advised Brother Kamaruddin to lodge an official complaint to the masjid's administration committee for they would be in a better position to solve the matter.

Yesterday, 18th of November, I had gone to the masjid after my meeting with YB Tn Hj Zulkifli Noordin and a few other bloggers to discuss how to solve the 'Tauliah' @ Religious Credentials issue which has been sparked off by the Selangor Islamic Department's arrest and subsequent charging of the former Mufti of Perlis Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin of 'teaching without credentials' in the State of Selangor!

A preposterous case indeed.

Coming back to the subject of this posting.

Old photo of myself at the Masjid Jamek

I reached the Masjid Jamek just after Zohor and rented a locker to store my boots. I paid the locker rental fee of just a ringgit and enquired as to whether the guard would mind my notebook bag and jacket while I went to pray?

He didn't want to accept any such responsibility and asked me to bring my belongings with me to the main masjid praying area.

Okay, fine enough. I understood his position and went about my way to the ablution area and then went to the main prayer hall and performed my Zohor prayers.


When I returned to the guard post and wanted to return the key to the locker and reclaim my boots, I heard some loud voices outside.

I saw the guard talking in very poor English trying his best to stop some Chinese tourists from entering the masjid grounds.

His excuse was that it was raining and he didn't want the tourists to get the visitors robes wet and also due to the fact that the masjid was having some refurbishing work replacing the ceiling lights at the outer area of the masjid's flanks.

Quite a whole load of bull as I see it! Why would the tourists want to go disturb the workmen?

Usually the visitors will just walk around the masjid building, take some photos and then be on their way after checking out the oldest masjid of Kuala Lumpur.

No big deal.

Main entrance area to the masjid.

The problem with yesterday's incident was that the guard was ill equipped to handle such guests to the masjid in a decent, acceptable manner.

The guard in question was having a hard time making himself understood.

I went to his rescue and asked him what was the matter?

Sensing his inadequate command of even the simplest of English, I spoke to the visitors and found out that they were Taiwanese.

I spoke to them in Hokkien and explained the situation.

Then came this guy by the name of Zainal and he was just bloody rude to the other visitors.

There arrived a group of tourists and he was rudely and loudly chasing them out. Saying the masjid was closed, bla bla bla!

I advised him not to be so and reminded him that these were guests to the masjid and one should not disrespect them!

He was stubborn and kept speaking like an uneducated imbecile, incapable of hearing good advice.

If it was a group of locals that this rude man had spoken so aggressively to, I am pretty sure that he would have got a 'fat lip' in no time!

I invited the tourists to take shelter under the awning provided besides the guard post and ABIM brochure stand and explained to them that the reason the guard was being so offensive was because of his fear of the visitor robes getting wet, etc.

That however was not an excuse for the fellow's rudeness to the visiting tourists in the first place!

After the tourists left, I proceeded to go and meet my friend, who runs a travel agency nearby and who is one of the masjid's administration committee member.

He happens to be quite a prominent Indian Muslim philanthropist business tycoon but prefers to maintain a very low profile hence my not naming him here.

I related the incident involving the rude guard to him.

He acknowledged that there has been many similar complaints about that particular rude, uncouth guy but they, the masjid's administration are hard pressed because they can't find any replacement for him due to the low salary that they are paying for such a job?

RM600 per month.

Any of you know any decent Muslim who can speak good English and other languages, know basic knowledge of Islam and willing to take over from that uncouth chap, please give me a call and I will get you or the person you are recommending that post?

We need to get that fella packing! He is spoiling the good name of the Masjid Jamek Bandaraya!

The Masjid Jamek is a prayer area and sanctuary for the Servants of Allah.

Tourists and visitors flock to it because it is promoted and published as a place to visit by both the Tourism Ministry and all tour and travel agencies of the world.

To have such a rude, ignorant, uncouth, loudmouth like that guy spoiling the reputation of the much celebrated and historical masjid is just waiting for a disaster to happen!

One of these days, some tourist is just going to snap and plaster the fella real good!

Do we have to wait till that happens?


Rahman Hariri said...

Bro Zainol, agree with you on this one. Normally people would like to be in there and take some pics. But I think the mosque administrator should inform the security on the need to be polite, even if one is paid RM600. May be they could inform the do's and don'ts of visiting.

On the other hand, I am reasonably upset with so many allegations of our islamic authorities with the latest being this mother of two accusing them of converting her unwittingly! Is there some truth to it, or merely people are attacking Islam? Or is there something wrong with the people in authority and implementing regulation in the name of our religion?

afizaazmee said...

This is a very shameful behaviour. I am ashamed that tourist are treated so badly when all they want to do is just to take some pictures of themselves around the masjid. This is a perfect opportunity to do dakwah for them too.

I visited a lot of churches around AUstralia, solely for picture-taking and have never been treated so rudely by ANYONE.

This paints a very bad picture of our religion...and with the unfair reputation that Islam is saddled with nowadays, we really need some major attitude change.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Assalamualaikum Brother Rahman Hariri.

Yesterday, I officially lodged a complaint with the nation's highest Islamic authorities about this and we probably might see some action soon to get rid of that troublesome 'guard'.

As for the case of that Indian woman who only now comes up with this story, what the hell has she been doing all these years, living a lie?

Isn't it convenient to have all these cases crop up only when the Opposition is seen to be in power in some states and constantly faultfinding and sniping at the heels of the various Islamic authorities?

Why now?

Where did all these 'victims' hide all these years?

What has any of their 'champions' done for them to solve their so called problems all these while?

I say that these so called victims are only getting more emboldened and making noise because there is now an abundance of inciters in the form of certain faultfinding advocates clamoring for media attention to propel their own twisted agendas!

Ada 'udang balik mi' bro!

MAHAGURU58 said...


The ones who need a major attitude change are the culprits out there who think that they are better than the tourists and can behave so rudely to them!

If I had my way, they ought to be sacked immediately and be asked to apologize publicly for their misdeeds!

aliya said...

Salam sifu,
Sorry to bug you like this but if you know any Muslimah who can be trusted to advice a young Chinese lady about the procedures to register herself as a Muslim in Gombak area and maybe accompany her to deal with the officers, please contact me. Remember Aleya Ariana, whom we had chatted in YM last year? The one with the poetic blog?
Well, she has apparently continued to study Islam on her own and is claiming to be a Muslimah,without her family's knowledge. I've checked her up in her blog and FB and yes, she's more matured and steady now. She told me that last week she had gone to jab agama Islam Gombak with a Malay girlfriend and they met an officer in charge of mualaf. When she told him that she can't attend courses for mualaf as she afraid her family would find out, he was very rude to both the girls. He didn't give her any forms to fill in, and had only said that he needed to consult his superior. He has yet to contact her back and the girl is wondering whether she should continue to register herself as a Muslim here or to go for her studies in Australia soon and continue to live as a closet Muslim there without any official registration at the jab agama in M'sia. I know she's telling the truth coz the words said by the officer were not something easily made up by a nonMalay. Any advice?

MAHAGURU58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam Cikgu.

I appreciate your informing me about this.

Please ask Aleya to contact me and Insya Allah, once she does, I will do what I can to help her out.

You have my phone no. Could just sms me. No worries.

Iqqhuan said...

Assalamu'alaikum Sir! I had personally experience and seen the this rude guy at the gate of Masjid Jame.Sometimes he showed an arragont expression to the visitor!Not so about the language barrier.I myself a volunteer at Masjid Kota Damansara. Hence I don't mind to spent a few hour at the gate on Sunday .Just to guide these tourist.