KOTA BARU, Malaysia - The Kota Baru Municipal Council has raised another storm among non-Muslims when it "invited" them to take part in a seminar on doing business the Islamic way last week.
Participants claimed, however, they were not only required to pay a registration fee of RM60 (S$23.60), there was also a condition that their business licence would not be renewed if they did not attend the event.
The attendance was lukewarm, with council staff outnumbering the participants, but it left a sour note among those who took part in the seminar on Wednesday.
It is understood it was the first of two seminars, with the second scheduled for Monday postponed to a later date.
"I found the meeting a waste of time. While the organisers repeated the do's and don'ts of doing business, in the end it was just a ceramah on Islam," said a salon operator who declined to be named.
She added that she did not understand why they had to pay the RM60 fee and what the objectives of the seminar were.
The agitated salon operator said she attended the meeting because she feared her business permit would not be renewed if she stayed away.
She added that she understood the council wanted to implement Islamic principles within the business community but felt it should not include non-Muslims.