Muslims-only laundrettes make Islam look narrow-minded

Muslims-only laundrettes make Islam look narrow-minded

Last month reports that a laundrette in the town of Muar in Malaysia was operating a Muslims-only policy went viral. The authorities stepped in and put a stop to the policy, and the owner apologised.

According to this report, it then emerged that another laundrette in Perlis, the smallest of the Malaysian states, also barred non-Muslims.

Khaw Hock Kong, who is the state’s Titi Tinggi assemblyman, visited the laundrette and saw that it had a signboard stating “Islamic laundry concept” and a notice stating that:

This laundry is dedicated to Muslim use only.

Khaw said this was worrying as it would cause non-Muslims to perceive Islam as being narrow-minded, especially if other enterprises were to follow suit.

He also said that this would go against the country’s vision of moulding a society that is united, harmonious, moderate and tolerant.

After a visit from the authorities, the owner of the Perlis laundrette also agreed to open it to non-Muslims.

Earlier he explained that he introduced the concept for the “comfort” of the Muslim customers. He urged non-Muslims to use other launderettes and stressed the matter should not be turned into a controversy.

4 responses to “Muslims-only laundrettes make Islam look narrow-minded”

  1. CoastalMaineBird says:

    the state’s Titi Tinggi assemblyman
    … Because their Titi Tinggis don’t come pre-assembled ?

  2. barriejohn says:

    Shouldn’t that be the Persil Laundrette? (Sorry!)

    Who can ever forget My Beautiful Laundrette?

  3. John the Drunkard says:

    ‘…worrying as it would cause non-Muslims to perceive Islam as being narrow-minded’
    Why shouldn’t they know the truth?