KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday praised the surau and mosques in Penang which opened their doors and offered shelter to flood victims in Penang, regardless of religion and race.
The Prime Minister said the move was one of the examples of the 1Malaysia Negaraku spirit that should be emulated.
“To me, the move by the surau and mosques which opened their doors to the flood victims regardless of religion and race was most appropriate and one that must be praised,” Najib said in his Facebook post yesterday.
Najib said Islam taught its followers to love one another, and he cited the story of the Prophet who offered protection to everyone regardless of their religious background when they needed help.
“As stated in the verse At-Taubah, he had said: ‘And if anyone among the non-Muslims who asked for protection from you, then you should protect him/her’.”
Yesterday, the media reported that the Taman Free School surau in George Town had allowed about 70 flood victims, from the Chinese and Indian communities living in the surrounding areas, to seek shelter at the surau following the sudden increase in water level.
Heavy rainfall and strong winds which lasted several hours on Saturday had inundated almost all areas in Penang, resulting in more than 6,000 victims seeking shelter at flood relief centres and claiming seven lives. – Bernama