Mosque confusion upstages Labour

The stage backdrop to the Labour Party Conference in Brighton caused a social media stir when some confused the image for a mosque. (Reuters)
Updated 27 September 2017
0

Mosque confusion upstages Labour

LONDON: For the UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, it was a case of being upstaged by his own stage.
The backdrop to the party’s annual conference in the seaside town of Brighton sparked a wave of outrage on social media on Tuesday as people mistook it for an image of a mosque.
One man wrote “Why is there a giant mosque with the words #Labour on it at the Labour Party Conference 2017?”
Martin Hill tweeted: “Why a mosque as the Labour backdrop. You really do hate white English Christian people. This is a disgrace, and racist.”
Another said: “Is that a mosque behind D Abbott at the Labour Conference? All I needed to know about Labour.”
But the anger turned to mirth when it became clear that the image was in fact a representation of the famous Brighton Pavilion.
William Tomaney wrote, “Brilliant how many Twitter racists think the Labour Conference’s Brighton Pier banner is a mosque. And they complain when labelled stupid.”
Victoria Jones tweeted that those looking for a laugh should, “search Labour Party Conference Tweets.”
Another wrote: “The outrage over the “mosque” on the new Labour banner is my new favorite thing. A new level of stupid.”
On Monday, Arab News highlighted growing racial divides in its exclusive “UK attitudes toward the Arab World” survey results, which found that 70 percent of Brits believe “Islamophobia” is on the rise.
The survey also found that over half of Brits agree with Arab profiling for security reasons and only 28 percent believe that Arab immigrants are “beneficial” to UK society.
The building featured in the stage backdrop was a seaside retreat for King George IV and was transformed from a modest farmhouse into the building it is today from 1787 to 1822.
The current appearance of the building was based on Indian architecture and is the work of designer John Nash, who extended it from 1815 to 1822.
A Labour spokesperson declined to comment on the Twitter furor.


Wife of former Malaysian PM Najib to be questioned by anti-corruption agency

Updated 44 min 56 sec ago
0

Wife of former Malaysian PM Najib to be questioned by anti-corruption agency

  • Rosmah was first questioned in June in connection with the investigation
  • A source familiar with the investigation said Rosmah would be questioned in connection with the 1MDB probe

KUALA LUMPUR: Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, was summoned on Tuesday for questioning by the anti-graft agency in its multi-billion dollar corruption probe at state fund 1MDB.
It was the second time Rosmah, 66, has been called in by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) since the shock defeat of Najib in the May general election.
Rosmah was first questioned in June in connection with the investigation, which is looking into allegations of corruption and misappropriation in state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Her husband has pleaded not guilty to charges of money laundering, abuse of power and criminal breach of trust.
The former first lady was served with a notice on Tuesday afternoon to appear before MACC the next day, her lawyer K.Kumaraendran said, adding that she was asked to assist with investigations under the anti-money laundering act.
A source familiar with the investigation said Rosmah would be questioned in connection with the 1MDB probe.
After filing fresh charges against Najib last week, Azam Baki, the deputy commissioner of the anti-graft agency, said more charges could be brought against individuals over 1MDB.
When asked if Rosmah could face charges, he said: “I’m not denying that.”
Rosmah’s penchant for designer handbags, watches and jewelry raised eyebrows in Malaysia, with opponents asking how she was able to afford the luxury items on her husband’s government salary.
She has drawn comparisons to Imelda Marcos, who left behind more than 1,200 pairs of shoes when her husband Ferdinand Marcos was ousted as president of the Philippines in 1986.
Najib and Rosmah have both been barred from leaving the country since the former’s election defeat, and their home and other properties linked to them have been searched by the police as part of the 1MDB investigations.
The haul seized from the properties included 567 handbags, 423 watches and 12,000 pieces of jewelry.
Najib has said most of the seized items were gifts given to his wife and daughter and had nothing to do with 1MDB.
The US Department of Justice has alleged more than $4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB and that about $680 million ended up in Najib’s personal bank account. Najib has denied any wrongdoing.