Protesters angry over Azan complaint in Malaysia

10:45, January 15, 2011      

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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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