KL government mulls over halting controversial raids on Muslims

Asked to comment on Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa's (left) remarks, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says his government wants to practise a more compassionate form of Islam.
Asked to comment on Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa's (left) remarks, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says his government wants to practise a more compassionate form of Islam.

Islamic affairs minister sparks debate after saying Muslims in 'personal sphere' may be spared

Malaysia's de facto Islamic Affairs Minister has sparked a fierce debate after he seemed to suggest in an interview that the Pakatan Harapan government may not, in the future, conduct controversial house raids to arrest unwed Muslim couples, or Muslims drinking beer, if they were within their "personal, individual sphere".

The comments by Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa are a major departure from the Islamic stance of the previous Barisan Nasional government and that of Malaysia's 13 states that have jurisdiction over Islamic issues.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2018, with the headline 'KL govt mulls over halting controversial raids on Muslims'. Print Edition | Subscribe