This is confirmed by the Muar police chief ACP Mohd Nasir Ramli.
According to him, the surau's curtain was found burnt while its windows had been smashed.
The latest arson attempt is the 14th attack on places of worship across Malaysia over the past week. To date, 11 churches, one Sikh temple and two mosques were hit.
The attacks came in the wake of a spate of fire-bombings against churches across the nation, triggered by the High Court's Dec 31 decision to lift a government ban on non-Muslims using 'Allah' as a translation for 'God'.
The ruling in favour of Catholic newspaper Herald, which argued for the right to use 'Allah' in its Malay-language section, was suspended last week pending an appeal, after the government argued that 'Allah' is exclusive to Malay Muslims.
DAP condemns attack
In an immediate response, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng condemned the attack.
He said that he was informed of the attempted arson of the surau by DAP Bentayan state assembly person, Gwee Tong Hiang.
“We do not know if the incident has any link with the current spat of destructive attempts on various places of worship, be they mosques, churches or gurdwara (Sikh temples), but it certainly creates more anxiety among peace-loving Malaysians.
"The DAP strongly condemns the destructive behaviour of the perpetrator of such irresponsible attacks who clearly intended to provoke suspicious among our multi-racial and multi-religious communities," said Lim in a statement.
The Penang chief minister urged the police to bring the perpetrators to justice and to prevent any further similar incident from happening.