By Farah Wahida:

At least 20 tombstones have reportedly been removed from a Muslim graveyard in Air Itam in favour of a residential project, reported The Malaysian Reserve.

As such, the Perkasa Penang has demanded an explanation from the state religious council (Maipp), state religious department (JAIPP) as well as Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP).

“How could they allow Muslim tombstones to be removed by a developer to make way for a housing project?” said Mohd Rizuad Mohd Azudin, Chief of the Perkasa Penang.

Mohd Rizuad’s group has presented three of the removed tombstones to the MAIPP office in Menara Umno, one to the MPPP office in Komtar and another to MAIPP president Abdul Malik Abul Kassim’s office.

“This is utter disrespect to the deceased and to us Muslims,” said Mohd Rizuad, who alleged that the tombstones were removed last week.

One of the complainants, Noorsham Mohd Amin, was upset that her grandparents and parents’ tombstones have been removed even without prior notice.

“How could they remove my family’s tombstones without informing me?”

Meanwhile, Abdul Malik claimed that Perkasa is merely politicising the issue.

“The JAIPP, MAIPP and the Mufti Department tried to resolve this amicably last week when we held a meeting with Noorsham over this,” he noted, adding that the contractor of an adjacent plot to the Muslim graveyard was only building a new fence.

“Only a few tombstones that were close to the fence were affected. My officers, JAIPP, MAIPP, Mufti Department and the Qariah people visited the site and knew about it,” he added.

Farah Wahida, Editor of PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email

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