Malaysia investigates ‘dog patting’ event

The “I want to touch a dog” organised by Syed Azmi Alhabshi at the Central Park, Bandar Utama – aimed at helping people overcome their fear of dogs and learn to be compassionate and loving towards the animal – has drawn the wrath of the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim)

Islamic authorities in Malaysia are conducting a probe into a controversial “dog patting” event aimed at removing the stigma regarding the animal in the multi-ethnic Muslim-majority country.

The event, titled “I want to touch a dog” and held in a park on the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, encouraged patting dogs, widely considered to be unclean in Islam, and reportedly drew hundreds of Muslims, raising the ire of religious leaders.

Islamic authorities said they would investigate the event, while a Muslim leader, Nooh Gadut, said it was an attempt to insult clerics.

“Don’t try to create a culture that is opposite to Islam,” he was quoted by local media as saying…