Wednesday July 25, 2012
Stalemate over issue on couples in cinema
By A. RUBAN
KLANG: The issue of segregating unmarried Muslim pairs in a Kuala Selangor cineplex has reached a stalemate, prompting the district council to pass the buck to the state government.
Kuala Selangor District Council member P. Thirumoorthy said a brief meeting was held on July 20 to discuss the matter.
“Many proposals and suggestions were put forward but all failed to please each and every councillor.
“So, we have referred the matter to state executive councillor Ronnie Liu.
“We believe he can solve this matter once and for all,” said Thirumoorthy, adding that the issue would no longer be discussed in the district council's meetings.
The public raised an outcry after Lotus Five Star, which operates the only cinema in Kuala Selangor, put up notices that unmarried Muslim men and women are banned from sitting side-by-side in the movie hall.
A source from the cinema said the notice was still up and there was no directive to remove it.
“We still have the notices sticking on the walls here. Until a decision is made, we cannot remove them as we are afraid our licence might not be renewed,” he said.
Thirumoorthy said the councillors had failed to get everyone's approval to do away with the ruling.
“Therefore, the decision has been referred to the state government to handle,” he said.
Liu could not be reached for comments on the latest development.
He had previously said the ruling was made without consulting the state government.