SHAH ALAM, Oct 6 – Shah Alam member of parliament Khalid Samad denied allegations by Selangor Umno Liaison chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar that billboards for alcohol-related events like “Oktoberfest” were put up in several locations in Shah Alam. “I did my background check and the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) officers told me that they have never approved any advertisement of alcohol-related events in Shah Alam.
“In fact, when I asked around about the location of the so-called alcohol-related billboards, no one could tell me where they are. “Some have called me before this and asked me about the billboards but none of them could tell me where they are,” he said. He added that local governments were not allowed to grant permission for such events to be held at Muslim majority areas nor to conduct advertising and promotion for such events.
Earlier today, Noh had slammed Khalid and the MBSA for approving billboards promoting alcohol-related events. Khalid had also came under fire by other Pas leaders, such as Temerloh member of parliament Nasrudin Hassan for his earlier statement on the issue. Khalid had said that the organizers have the rights to hold alcohol festival events in places where Muslims are not the majority population. Commenting on that, Khalid said that his statement was misconstructed as he meant to say that Malaysia is a multi-religious country and the sensitivities and rights of each community should be respected accordingly.