Saturday, October 28, 2006

US Couple's Condominium Raided

Another case of overzealous actions, this time by officials from the Kedah's Islamic Affairs Dept. Their routine vice prevention squad's raid was conducted on a US retired 60 plus couple holidaying on Langkawi Island. The raid was done at 2am and the officials demanded to see the "woman" that the man was with. Even when told that the lady was clad in sarong only and they are Christians, the officials insisted on seeing the woman, in humiliation.

In Malaysia, under the Islamic syariah law, a muslim person could not have close proximity with a non-muslim in an enclosed place and if caught, could be penalised. In this case, the officials didn't do a good check on who was in the room and raided their unit in the middle of the night.

Though this has happened almost 2 weeks ago (reported on 22 Oct, New Straits Times) the Tourism Minister said that investigation would be taken to find out what happened. Till today, as reported in The Star, both Kedah State Religious and Humanity Development Committee chairman Professor Datuk Wira Dr Othman Ishak and Kedah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said they will check on the matter with the state Religious Department to find out what really happened. It took 2 weeks to find out????

On behalf of their unwarranted actions, the general public has to apologise to the couple and assure the world that Malaysia is not what it seems to be reported.
Tags: Islam, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, Syariah Law, Sarong, Religious, Khalwat

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