SIS’ response to JAWI probing the Muslim girls at K-Pop mini concert
13 January 2015
It was recently reported that the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) will investigate the three tudung-clad fans who were hugged and kissed by members of K-pop band B1A4 during a show under Section 29 of the Syariah Criminal Offences Act (FT) 1977.Section 29 of the Syariah Criminal Offences Act makes it a criminal offense for “any person who contrary to Islamic Law, acts or behaves in an indecent manner in any public place ....”
This provision is unduly broad and opens itself up to abuse because it can be liberally interpreted to apply to any behaviour that the religious authorities deem indecent, apparently even retrospectively.
JAWI's handling of the issue also reinforces the perception that syariah law is selectively and arbitrarily applied and enforce. >> Read More