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PUBLISHED: Dec 15, 2015 12:38pm

Existing khalwat law brings more harm than good, says yet another NGO

Komuniti Muslim Universal Malaysia

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Existing 'khalwat' laws and the procedures taken by religious authorities promotes greater harm to the individuals and the society mainly because it bring shame upon other people, it invades rights to privacy due to hasty procedures and negative law enforcement driven by prejudice, says Komuniti Muslim Universal Malaysia.

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KUALA LUMPUR, DEC 15, 2015:

The existing khalwat (close proximity) law and the procedures taken by religious authorities brings more harm to the individuals and the society, according to non-governmental organisation (NGO) Komuniti Muslim Universal Malaysia (KMU).

“It promotes greater harm to the individuals and the society mainly because it bring shame upon other people, it invades the rights to privacy due to hasty procedures and negative law enforcement driven by prejudice.

“Other than that, rumors will spread and inflict the accused as well as the family of the accused with scandals. Last, but not least, it will encourage the society to be radical in pointing out the fault of others without doing any verification of facts first,” according to its statement released last night.

KMU suggested that criticism of the enactment of Syariah Criminal Offences Act, especially in terms of the arrest of individuals involved in khalwat, is necessary.

“Constructive criticism is needed. It does not mean that we are insulting or belittling Islam. Giving constructive criticism is a normal thing to do, especially when the intention is to improve any legal system,” it stated.

In addition, KMU said proper moral education is the key to fighting the alarming number of social problem, promiscuity and immorality cases.

KMU joins other groups, including the G25, a eminent Malay moderate group consisting of former high-ranking civil servants, who have spoken up against khalwat laws recently.

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