Seriously The Star, shouldn’t this piece be reserved for Harian Metro, Kosmo and the other hack papers…or at least Utusan Malaysia?:

‘Floating mat’ a sign to people

By SHAHRIL CHE WAN

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Terengganu chief imam has attributed the unusual occurrences at the Crystal Mosque here as a sign of the people distancing themselves from the religion.

Ustaz Azizi Saidi Abdul Aziz described claims that a visitor had seen and photographed prayer mats floating in the mosque as “hardly phenomenal” and people should stop thinking that it was due to genies or ghosts.

Mystifying: This ‘floating mat’ phenomenon occurred at the Crystal Mosque in Kuala Terengganu.

The imam says such occurrences have been reported in Saudi Arabia.

“Such mystifying occurrences have been reported in Saudi Arabia,” he said yesterday.

A woman from Negri Sembilan who visited the mosque had photographed the phenomenon with a mobile phone camera early this month, triggering fear among locals.

Azizi Saidi said the phenomenon could be linked to the lackadaisical attitude of Muslims in the state in performing congregational prayers.

“There is nothing to panic. This is a call to Muslims not to overlook their obligation towards performing prayers together.

“There are umpteen mosques in Terengganu but there is a lack of mosque-goers.

“Some of our mosques lack people even during Friday prayers,” he added.

He said the occurrence was not “bizarre” but should be seen as a miracle that could be considered a sign from the Al-Mighty.

Shame on you Shahril Che Wan for this sensational reporting and UTTER BULLSHIT.

And Azizi Saidi Abdul Aziz, stop making up stories and looking for “signs” that are not there in the first place.

Here are some other reactions to this piece of “news”:

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In other news:

Report on Astley’s ‘death’ is just a prank

KUALA LUMPUR: It would have been considered breaking news if it was true but a local English daily here fell for a prank which reported 1980s pop sensation Rick Astley as being “found dead in a Berlin hotel room”.

The newspaper had sent an SMS alert to its subscribers of the Never Gonna Give You Up singer’s “death”. It also posted the article online. The article had since been removed.

Astley’s “death” was first reported on CNN’s user-generated site, iReport.com, which carried the byline of Liz Sodoti of the Associated Press. The stories submitted by users to the website were not edited, fact-checked or screened before they were posted. Only stories marked “On CNN” were vetted before use in CNN’s coverage.
A check at Astley’s website also came up naught on news of his death. In fact, the 43-year-old is currently on a European concert tour that will end in November.

Oh, guess which local English daily was it?

Yes, it was The Star.

They have since deleted their shame, but here’s an image of my RSS feed:

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And you wonder why I don’t read mainstream news anymore.

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