Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has warned "outsiders" to stay out of Johor's Islamic affairs because it is a matter that concerns the laws of the state.
Speaking at a function to mark 100 years of Islamic education in Johor, the ruler said matters concerning syariah law and religious schools, among others, will be decided by the state government on behalf to the ruler.
"Therefore, everyone must respect decisions made by the state government. Outsiders must not interfere or share opinions which may cause confusion or chaos.
"I hope my government will uphold their duties with courage and conviction in all matters concerning state matters and defend the interest of the state and Bangsa Johor," he said.
The ruler did not provide details of the said "interference".
Meanwhile, the ruler said all tahfiz schools in Johor must be officially recognised before they are allowed to operate.
"Any tahfiz school which has violated the rules must be closed," he said.