A squad of Islamic volunteers set up to catch amorous Muslim couples in Malaysia's administrative capital Putrajaya has come under fire, with a minister reportedly saying that it should be disbanded.
The squad was launched Monday by Putrajaya's Islamic Department to curb 'social ills' and persuade Muslims to behave, although it does not have the power to make arrests.
What worries me are the following:
(1) … volunteers … Does this mean that they are vigilantes? In the earlier frontier days of the USA, where there was no law enforcement units (and sometimes even when there were), vigilantes caught, tried and hung their victims. Hope we aren't going down that way where such volunteers become a law unto themselves.
(2) … amorous … Please define this? How does untrained volunteers assess whether a couple has been amorous? Once the snooping - sanctioned by the religious affairs department - is allowed to start, those volunteers (even if trained) will indeed become a law unto themselves, as we had witnessed in the Zuok Club shame. These wonders will begin defining the meaning of amorous as it suits their personal interpretation, zeal, attitude, bias and enthusiasm.
(3) … social ills … ditto above - very subjective, thus dangerous and legally unacceptable.
(4) If those Malaysian Taliban do 'not have the power to make arrest', doesn’t this claim conflict with its role of ‘set up to catch’? Can amorous Muslim couple then tell those peeping toms to bugger off? Or, will the unfortunate couple be made to perform nude ear squats? I wouldn't be surprised at all to expect more disgraceful cases of moralistic terrorism a la the Zouk Club incident?
Minister in the PM's Department, Nazri Aziz has condemned the creation of bureaucratic peeping toms, especially after the Cabinet had already veto-ed the Mohd Ali Rustam government's attempt to do so last year for Malacca.
I really want to know who came up with this crazy idea, when there are far more important things to consider. Malaysia has evil crimes of rape, where our law enforcement system should be directed to deal with rape cases and rapists in this country.
In North Malaysia we just had a heinous crime where a young woman was raped by several men and then callously murdered, while in the South several men also raped an Indian national throughout the night after bashing her husband.
Instead we now see the stupid intention to launch oppressive persecution of members of the public for their expressions of affection for each other. The idea is disgusting and demeans the greater glory of the Islamic faith of compassion, charity and caring. The whole concept bespeaks a mind totally menyimpang (deviant) and bankrupt of religious values.
We don't need Talibans here!