CRITICISMS towards moral policing in Malaysia are nothing new. Back in 2005, the Federal Territories Islamic Department came under fire after its infamous raid of Kuala Lumpur’s Zouk nightclub. After the Muslim detainees’ claims of sexual harassment and other abuse by religious enforcers, the government sought to curb moral policing, in rhetoric at least. In […]
IN part two of stories about those who have encountered the religious police, freelance writer Nabila Nasir, 25, recounts the harassment and extortion she and a now ex-boyfriend experienced at the hands of moral guardians in mid-2007.
WHEN moral policing in Malaysia makes the headlines, it’s often for the wrong reasons. Take the Federal Territories Islamic Department’s raid on Zouk nightclub, Kuala Lumpur, in 2005, which created an international uproar. Or in 2007, when Amnesty International appealed on behalf of Ayu, a transsexual woman assaulted by Malacca’s Islamic law enforcers. More recently, […]
KESIAN Ako Mustapha. Tanggal 22 April 2009 lalu, pelakon terkenal tersebut dijatuhkan hukuman penjara tiga bulan dan denda maksimum RM3,000 oleh Mahkamah Rendah Syariah Gombak Timur atas tuduhan berkhalwat. Menurut hakim Syarie Wan Mahyuddin Wan Muhammad, “Sekiranya satu hukuman yang tidak setimpal atau hukuman dikurangkan, masyarakat akan menganggap kesalahan ini sebagai remeh dan mungkin akan […]
KUALA LUMPUR, 20 Jan 2009: Popular actor Norman Hakim and upcoming actress Memey pleaded not guilty in the Gombak Timur Syariah Court here today to having committed “khalwat” (being in close proximity), last October. Norman whose real name is Mohamed Norhakim Zaidon, 33, and Memey (real name Suhaiza Suhaimi), 21, were alleged to have committed […]