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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Malaysian Anti-Mason Group Attempt To Shut Down Scottish Freemason Conference

MalayMailOnline.com reports today that, after a week of filing complaints,  a group of twenty Muslim protesters in the Malaysian resort city of Penang gathered outside of a hotel and protested an International Conference of Scottish Freemasonry, demanding its cancellation.

From the article:

Dressed in red T-shirts, the demonstrators have been shouting “Allahu Akhbar” as they gathered in front of the hotel entrance under watch from several policemen on duty. 
“They are Jews and anti-Islam, they must respect us and stop this conference,” several members of the group shouted, referring to the Freemasons. 
They were earlier barred from entering the hotel by the police, but insisted they would not disperse until the conference is called off. 
They also demanded a meeting with the hotel manager to make clear why the Freemason conference must not go on. 
Freemasons from 15 countries are currently attending the four-day Scottish Masonic, which kicked off today and is scheduled to run until February 27.One of the protesters, president Jaringan Melayu Malaysia Azwanddin Hamzah, accused Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng of sponsoring the event.“We want the Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to explain if the DAP state government is the one sponsoring this event,” he said. 
Azwanddin labelled the Freemasons as Jews, anti-Islam and the group that started wars against Muslims. 
“They are also the ones supportive of the LGBT,” he claimed, referring to the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders,” he added. 
Officers from the police anti-riot unit, the Light Strike Force, soon arrived, armed with batons to stand guard outside the hotel entrance after it looked as if the protesters might storm inside. 
At about 3.45pm, northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner of Police Mior Faridalatrash Wahid accompanied Azwanddin and three others from the group into the hotel. 
The group returned five minutes later and told the others waiting outside that the conference was cancelled. 
“We were shown the hall, it was emptied, the delegates have all been told to go back to their rooms, the event was cancelled because of our protest,” Azwanddin said. 
He promised that the Malay group will protest again against any other Freemason event if they were held in the country.

UPDATE: A later report from New Straits Times says the Conference is still actually going on without interruption:

[A] check by the New Straits Times with the International Scottish Masonic Conference's event organising chairman Neoh Ho Keat revealed that the conference had not been called off. Neoh told the New Straits Times at the entrance that the event which started yesterday would wrap up tomorrow as scheduled. "Our conference proceeds. There is nothing to talk with the NGO members as we have done nothing against the Islamic religion. "Their presence has not deterred us from continuing with our programmes," he said. Neoh from Kuala Lumpur said some 300 delegates were present and another batch of 300 would arrive for the event's closing dinner tomorrow. The three-day conference is held to celebrate District Grand Lodge of the Middle East's centenary celebration.

This has been backed up by Brethren attending the Conference.

Freemasons in Malaysia are chartered under the District Grand Lodge of the Middle East under the Grand Lodge of Scotland. Also in Malaysia is the District Grand Lodge of the Eastern Archipelago under the United Grand Lodge of England. The country has a Sunni Muslim-majority that makes up 61% of the religion practiced there, and Constitutionally, Islam is the  official religion. 

The United Kingdom has just issued a terrorism warning to their citizens traveling to Malaysia. The country's beach resorts are popular with UK tourists and it is estimated that 400,000 Britons Journey there each year. 

The Foreign Office issued the warning today on its website.


  1. Bro Roger here from Korea. Im in attendance at the conference now and I can confirm none of the events have been cancelled. Either the resort convinced them of this or they lied. I didnt even see or hear about this group until just now.

  2. I've been at the resort since Saturday, and haven't seen a single protester. Members of the District GL met with gov't officials when they got wind of the planned protest, and we've had (unarmed) uniformed soldiers patrolling the resort since Wednesday, but the conference is in full swing. The day's session wrapped up with an address by the Grand Master Mason at about 3:45pm, but we will resume tomorrow. We're currently enjoying the hospitality of Lodge Scotia No. 1003 at Freemason's Hall in Georgetown, and I don't expect any trouble on our return to the resort later this evening.

  3. Did they actually shut it down, or just demand that it be shut down, and then claim that it was? Showing them an empty room might have been done just to get them to go away. There were only 20 protesters, after all, and with no comment from the conference organizers, I tend to think this story is about 2/3 BS.


  4. I have updated the story and the headline since very early this morning. Yeah, I think they were simply told the meeting had been shut down and they buggered off. Obviously as you can see from the first two comments, it still goes on.


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