Minister at Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr. Mujahid Yusof Rawa in a dialogue at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 10 OCTOBER 2018. khalwat raids JAKIM
Minister at Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr. Mujahid Yusof Rawa in a dialogue at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 10 OCTOBER 2018.

By Mohammad Arif Nizam

KUALA LUMPUR – The media involvement in religion enforcement raids would be reviewed for khalwat raids.

Minister at Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa said, the current Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has its flaws and elements of power abuse.

“The current SOP is not complete and I would like it to be improved.

“Among the procedures which would be revised is the involvement of media in the raids as we have a principle of not to spy and shame people.

“We need to improve on that,” he told the media after the Rahmatan Lil Alamin Seminar at the University of Malaya last night.

When asked about the total number of SOP offences which triggered the move, Mujahid said, they do not have the statistics but had received a lot of complaints.

“At this moment, even in Facebook, enforcers trespassed and raided married couples too. These cases did happen.

“Therefore, I do not understand the concerns of when we want to improve on the procedures, some thought that we are encouraging immorality (khalwat),” he said.

Mujahid said, a meeting to discuss the issue of khalwat raids would be held with the religious leaders at the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque in Putrajaya.

Earlier, Mujahid said that the implementation of the Syariah punishment for khalwat prevention can only take place after the processes of advise, complaints and solid evidences were made.

“When we want to enforce something, we must ensure if the activity was conducted in a public or private area. If the neighbours saw something wrong, therefore, it is the responsibility of the neighbours to advise the person involved.

“If the activity was conducted in a private area which involve the public, for instance, the community suspected something suspicious was taking place and they lodge a complaint, thus, the SOP kicks in,” he said.

Mujahid said, the SOP for the enforcement of khalwat prevention would be enhanced, where enforcers need to follow strict procedures before conducting raids.

He said, the existing SOP has also set that solid evidences are needed before any raid is being conducted. -MalaysiaGazette

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