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    Mar 03, 2015

    Johor: Online post on indecent clothes untrue


    JOHOR'S Islamic authorities said they have more pressing issues than imposing fines on Muslim women for, among other things, wearing indecent clothes or not donning their headscarves.

    Rubbishing an online post claiming that there was a plan to impose such fines, Johor Islamic Religious Council chairman Abdul Mutalip Abdul Rahim said it was malicious and intended to paint a negative picture of the present administration.

    "The posting, which has been circulating online for the past few days, is completely untrue," he said.

    "My mobile phone has been inundated with calls and messages from Muslims wanting to know if Johor would impose such a ruling soon.

    "I would like to reiterate that this is not true, as we have other pressing issues concerning Muslims in the state," said Mr Abdul Mutalip.

    The post, which went viral over social media, warned that Muslim women who failed to don headscarves would be hit with a RM80 (S$30) fine for their first offence, while they faced an RM120 fine for indecent dressing.

    It also claimed that Muslims riding motorcycles with those unrelated to them would be punished by an RM80 fine for men and RM100 for women, and that all businesses had to stop operating from 12.30pm until 2.30pm on Fridays.

    Those caught for not behaving in an Islamic way would also have to undergo counselling by the Islamic and Malay Heritage Council in Terengganu, the post claimed.

    Mr Abdul Mutalip urged people who received such messages to first check the facts or clarify with the authorities before forwarding them.