Asri-Ramasamy Spat Resolved After Meeting with Minister

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The issue of LTTE will be handed over to the authorities while the issue of Zakir will be left to the government.

The reported spat between Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy and Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has been resolved following their meeting this afternoon.

De facto Islamic affairs minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa, who mediated the meeting, said that the duo has settled their differences on issues surrounding controversial preacher Zakir Naik and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

“Both of them agree that the issue of LTTE will be handed over to the authorities.

Alyaa Alhadjri/Malaysiakini

“And secondly on the issue of Zakir, they also agreed to leave the matter to the government. They will accept any decisions made by the cabinet,” Mujahid told reporters at a joint press conference with Ramasamy and Asri at the Putrajaya Islamic Complex lobby.

Mujahid said the 40-minute meeting was conducted in a friendly manner, and that the pair got an opportunity to discover that they had several things in common.

Their feud arose after the Perlis mufti suggested a debate between Ramasamy and Zakir to see who was the “real terrorist,” referring to the DAP lawmaker’s purported links to the LTTE. – Malaysiakini


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