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PAS rep in hot water for dressing like Chinese deity
Published:  Feb 8, 2016 11:12 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2016 7:53 AM

Dressing as a "Chinese deity" for Chinese New Year may land PAS' Paya Jaras assemblyperson Mohd Khairuddin Othman in hot water.

Khairuddin said he is prepared to face censure from the party's ulama council after realising the costume he donned likened him to one of the Taoism deities, which he initially thought was a Chinese emperor.

According to PAS organ Harakah Daily , Khairuddin said he did not realise the costume had religious or spiritual elements.

"I believed that Chinese New Year is a cultural celebration and had nothing to do with religion," he is quoted as saying.

Khairuddin said he was informed by local residents who invited him to the celebrations in Kepong that the costume was that of a "Chinese deity".

He said he did not decline the residents' request that he don the costume out of respect.

"Let the central leadership decide my situation.

"If I breached Islamic teachings, then I seek forgiveness for my mistake from Allah and PAS members, especially in Selangor," the Selangor PAS secretary said.

"I believe PAS is led by ulama who are well-versed in Islamic teachings and how to apply them in a multicultural setting like Selangor," he said.

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