The police are investigating a viral video of a Muslim man who recited the azan (the Islamic call to prayer) at a Chinese temple.
The video was uploaded by Facebook page Akademi Penyelidikan Agama Dunia and the incident is said to have taken place between 26 and 27 July at Pertubuhan Yulan Bukit Mertajam.
In the 58-second video, the Muslim man can be seen putting his palms together while conducting the prayers in front of a paper effigy.
The paper effigy appeared to be that of the Ghost King, Tai Su Yeah (King of Hades) and the community there is holding an event in conjunction with the Hungry Ghost Festival, which is celebrated in the 7th month of the lunar calendar every year.
According to Chinese folklore, gates of the lower realms open this month for spirits to roam the human world.
Responding to the viral incident, Seberang Perai Tengah District Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Tan Cheng San said the suspect is a local man in his 40s living in Jalan Kilang Ubi, Bukit Mertajam.
“Witness statements confirm that the man suffers from a mental illness and is known to the community,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also said that this was the second time such an incident had occurred, with the first happening in 2017.
“We urge people to refrain from sharing any incident or action that touches on racial and religious sensitivities,” he added.