Malaysia arrests 96 Muslims in Valentines Day crackdown

Malaysian authorities have arrested 96 Muslims in a Valentines Day crackdown on “vice activities”, reports Agence France-Presse.

The couples were detained for ‘khalwat’, or ‘close proximity’ to someone of the opposite sex other than their spouse, after religious authorities warned against the potential for immoral acts during Valentine’s Day.

Religious enforcement authorities in Kuala Lumpur conducted raids across public parks and budget hotels, as well as central Selangor state, on the lookout for teenagers renting rooms on an hourly basis.

Those arrested face up to two years in jail and a fine if convicted in an Islamic court.


4 thoughts on “Malaysia arrests 96 Muslims in Valentines Day crackdown”

  1. I am saddened that this type of persecution and abuse of human rights can still occur in the name of religion in 2011.

  2. Sadly, Malaysia is not a developed country, nor is it democratic despite its claim; we still are punished by the rotan, detained unfairly under ISA and numerous other inhumane activities. This close proximity nonsense is just that - nonsense, orders issued by ignorant old Muslim men living in the previous century under the guise of anti-Islamic. All ignorant nonsense, none of which is in our Holy Quaran. Malaysia's aim for developed status by 2020 cannot be achieved whilst these ignorant people govern.

  3. @kevin & michael ya I am too(sad), you ppl do not know what Islam is in this century? 🙁 Who gave you the human rights to you ppl!!!


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