Wednesday December 20, 2006
Perak religious department to continue raids on hotels
IPOH: The Perak Islamic Religious Department will continue with its raids on hotels if it receives complaints of sinful acts there, its director Datuk Jamry Sury said.
The department disagreed with a suggestion by Perlis Mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, who called for a stop to such raids.
Jamry said it was improper to prevent the Islamic religious authority from making such raids as it was its responsibility to prevent sinful acts, regardless of the location where they were being committed.
If the authority is not allowed to inspect hotels, unmarried Muslim couples will take the opportunity to commit sins there without any fear or conscience, he told reporters at his office here.
Furthermore, it would be pointless to set up the enforcement division if its function was restricted, he added. Bernama