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Johari refuses to dance with PAS over Zouk 'move'

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GE14 | Incumbent Titiwangsa MP Johari Abdul Ghani today criticised his PAS contender for playing up sensitive issues with his promise to move the Zouk nightclub out of the parliamentary constituency if he wins the seat in May 9 general election.

"We are living in the 21st century, and Titiwangsa is not in isolation from the rest of country," Johari said.

PAS Titiwangsa candidate Mohamad Noor Mohamad said yesterday that Zouk, which is located near the Kampung Pandan roundabout, should be moved to a non-Muslim majority area. 

“He is politicising sensitive issues, and that is not right," Johari said.

“Malaysia is a multi-racial country with Malays, Chinese and Indians practising their cultures, and they cannot be forced to follow what other races believe,’’ he said.

“If you believe that there are those (among the Malays) patronising Zouk, then the proper thing to do is to educate them. There is no easy way out, like saying that you will shut down the place.

“When it comes to licensing matters and policies, it is up to the local authorities to handle, and we should not get involved," Johari added.

Titiwangsa is one of the most hotly-contested seats in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.

Johari narrowly won the seat in 2013, with a 866-vote majority.

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