JOHOR BAHRU, 6 May 2017 (The Star) : The altercation in front of a surau in Jalan Austin Perdana here after Friday prayers would not have occurred if all parties had practised tolerance, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
He said the driver whose car was blocked by other vehicles parked on the road side should not have honked while people were performing their prayers.
At the same time, he said, the mosque goers should not have acted violently against the driver.
“The men who attacked the driver could have talked with him instead of attacking him.
“The incident shows how fragile the situation is (unity) in the country,” Nur Jazlan told reporters after attending the Johor Baru Chapter Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2017 at Jalan Yahya Awal here on Saturday.
He hoped that all Malaysians observe a high degree of tolerance and understanding to prevent such incidents that could create uneasiness and racial tensions.
“It shows that this kind of incident (repeated honking outside the surau during Friday payers) is just waiting to happen,’’ said Nur Jazlan.
He said the younger generation “hardly understood” the events of the racial riots of May 13, which happened about 50 years ago.
“We should not let May 13 from happening again,’’ added Nur Jazlan.
It was reported that a man driving a white car had honked repeatedly outside the surau during Friday prayers as the vehicle was blocked by others parked on both sides of the road.
Johor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Kamarulzaman Mamat said a group of men had emerged from the surau after the prayers to confront the driver of the car.
He said they beat up the driver, who was accompanied by a woman, and damaged the car.
He said police had rushed to the scene and hauled up several people, including the surau’s committee members, to the Setia Indah police station for questioning.
Police have released four men, aged 21 to 55, on bail as part of the investigations.
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