Jakim: There should be limits for ‘Pokemon Go’

Jakim director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha says places of worship including mosques should not be used as a location to search for the ‘Pokemon Go’ characters. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
Jakim director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha says places of worship including mosques should not be used as a location to search for the ‘Pokemon Go’ characters. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 9 ― There should be limits imposed on the Pokemon Go so that religious institutions will not be affected since children might be preoccupied with the reality game, said the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha.

He said places of worship including mosques should not be used as a location to search for the characters of the game.

Othman who also tried to play the game to experience for himself said several characters in the game were detected at mosque areas.

He said that the company that developed the game application was not very sensitive towards places of worship.

“In my opinion, the game has a few pros as it encourages people to exercise when it requires players to walk to locate the characters but there should be a limit,” he told Bernama yesterday.

It was improper for someone to go to places of worship just to play the game, in fact the game had also brought about various negative impacts, Othman said. ― Bernama

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