S'porean loses Malaysian PR status over prayer hall row
THE Singaporean resort operator who gave permission to a Buddhist group to use the Muslim prayer hall in his premises has had his Malaysian permanent resident status revoked.
Malaysian Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said his ministry had to act tough as Syed Ahmed Alkaff, 45, had failed to observe religious sensitivity, reported The Star.
"The revocation is of immediate effect and the man was informed of this decision while he was remanded," Mr Zahid was quoted as saying in the Malaysian daily.
"Let this be a lesson to those who the Government has graciously and generously award citizenship and permanent resident status that they must abide by the law or lose the privilege," he told reporters at a community event on Saturday.