Muslim man in Kelantan booked for wearing shorts in public

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PETALING JAYA: The Kelantan Religious Affairs Department has ordered a Muslim man who wore shorts to play futsal to attend mandatory counselling for the offence of exposing his knees in public, or face a RM1,000 fine.

The Star Online today reported a department official as explaining that action was taken against the man because the state authorities wanted Muslims to dress decently in public areas, in line with Islamic religious teachings.

He said the imposition of the dress code was only for Muslims and no action would be taken against non-Muslims, male or female, who dressed in such a manner.

He was also quoted as saying that the Muslim man, Wan Khairul Hayyee Wali, would not have to pay the fine if he attended the counselling session as directed.

Wan Khairul, 30, said he was ordered to attend the session next month.

The wholesale store worker said he would have to face the shariah court if he refused to, and would risk being fined RM1,000 if convicted under the Syariah Criminal Enactment.

According to the news portal, he was slapped with the notice at 10.45pm on Monday.

He also said he attempted to explain to the enforcement officer that he was on his way to play the game but stepped out of his car to buy food for his wife.

“If I had not stopped to buy the burger, I would never have known that it is an offence to wear shorts even when we are on the way to play sports,” he was quoted as saying.

He said he had been wearing shorts to play futsal since the time he was a schoolboy and was therefore shocked to receive the notice.

“Seriously, they can’t expect me to wear a sarong to play futsal,” he added.

However, he said he would attend the counselling session.