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Let have a regulation on noise level from all religious prayers

Muslims in Penang did complain noise level from the opera stages during the hungry ghost festival is too high and affecting their routine prayers.

I did stay in Kampung Baru for a few years and waken up at almost every early morning due to a very loud Azan call from the nearby Jamek mosque. No one complained the noise level because the area is predominantly Malay.

My former apartment in Penang was bombarded by two mosques at almost the same time, loud speakers from two “surau” interfered each other causing a noise pollution. I sold my middle cost apartment to a Malay for a losses and moved out to other place.

I also did see a Malay neighbor in Setapak when I was a student cursing at Chinese folks who burned fire crackers in the 12 midnight during the heavenly God festival on 9th day of lunar calendar. He told me he was angry after wakened up by the sudden noise. This is only happened once a year, he as a new resident already felt angry on burning fire cracker traditional cultural event long held by local Chinese before he moved in.

Burning fire cracker during the Chinese New Year was banned several years ago after many people complained the noise level. Chinese community accepted the ban although burning fire crackers is our traditional cultural event since thousand years ago. Admittedly Malaysian Police is still closing one eye if fire crackers are burned during CNY in the Chinese new village.

While non-Muslims should respect the traditional Azan call with loud speakers (although a contradicting fact says no loud speaker used during the prophet Muhamud’s period), but Muslims should limit the noise level in area populated by various races.

A noise at 120 db is harmful level for anyone, may be 90 db for morning’s Azan and 100 db for other Azan calls.

The guideline has to be observed also by Chinese operas during the temple religious festivals, Chinese traditional funeral ceremonies and any other religious functions.

For non-Muslims, check the location of mosque in the master plan before you purchase your new house, let find a house far away from the mosque as much as possible if Azan call may disturb your sleeping.

Those protesters threatened to behead and burn down the lawyer’s house should be arrested under the ISA instead the lawyer who appealed the noise level to be reduced through a proper channel.

Only fanatic Muslims and Malay radical nationalists are staging this kind of protest for no good reason.

Protesters angry over Azan complaint in Malaysia

Some hundreds protested outside a mosque in Kuala Lumpur on Friday against a lawyer who allegedly complained about the broadcast of the “Azan”, the Muslims’ summons to prayer from the mosque.

The group waved banners saying “long live Islam” and “the call for prayer is sacred”.

The protesters held posters with the name of the lawyer and his home address printed on, while distributing also copies of fax said to have been sent to the Malaysian Prime Minister’s office by the lawyer asking for the volume of the mosque’s loud speaker to be lowered.

The letter read “I hear sound from the mosque to be very loud that it wakes me every morning at 5:45 a.m. (local time).”

The leader of the group wanted police to arrest the lawyer under Malaysia’s Internal Security Act (ISA) that allows police to detain anyone who poses security threats to the country without trial.

Some of the protesters even asked for the man to be beheaded and his house burnt down.

They burned effigies before the police intervened.

Similar incident occurred in 2008 when police arrested a state executive councillor under the ISA after she had allegedly asked a mosque to stop playing the “Azan” over its loudspeaker.

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