Monday, July 09, 2007

Perak Mufti weighs in

There does not seem to be any letting up by some quarters to advance moral policing in the country. The Siti Noor Idayu incident is ratcheting up with the latest report. There is an agenda in the works, and it is aimed at changing the way we live, although it appears to be an internal issue of the majority population. Again, words in bold are highlighted by me to indicate where Malaysia may be headed if people of goodwill do not speak up or take a stand.

IPOH: Muslims should not work in nightclubs, not even as clerks or cashiers, Perak Mufti Datuk Seri Harussani Zakaria said yesterday.

He said this also applied to places where immoral activities were likely to take place, such as massage parlours and entertainment outlets.

It is a sin for a Muslim, whether man or woman, to work in places that serve alcohol as they are considered to be abetting illicit activities,” he said yesterday.

He was commenting on the case of nightclub singer Siti Noor Idayu Abd Moin, 22, who was detained by the Perak Religious Department (JAIP) at a nightclub in Tambun here on Tuesday.

The department had ordered the singer to explain why she had “exposed her body” during a performance and “encouraged immoral activities” by working at that outlet.

However, Siti Noor Idayu said she was not even drinking and was wearing a white sleeveless top and long pants when JAIP officers raided the nightclub.

Harussani said even if Siti Noor Idayu had her parents’ consent to work at the entertainment outlet, it was still a sin.

“If your parents told you that you could drive on the highway at 120kph, is it still right to do so?

A Muslim should stay with her family or look after her children rather than be in these places drinking,” he said.

For a bit of laughs, MindaCergas offers the Perak Mufti some help with moral policing effort in a 7th July post.

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