Mujahid’s aide demands apology over khalwat raid report

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusuf Rawa says editors of The Star might have made their own interpretation of his statement.

PETALING JAYA: An aide to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusuf Rawa has demanded an apology from The Star over a report on Putrajaya’s stand on khalwat raids.

In a statement, Siti Zulaikha Zulkifli threatened to take stern action if the English daily fails to do so in 24 hours.

On Saturday, The Star ran a story titled “No More Moral Policing” and “No more night khalwat raids or intrusion into Muslims private lives, says Mujahid”.

However, Mujahid, who is in charge of Islamic affairs, denied making such remarks and said the editors might have based it on their own interpretation of his statement.

Siti Zulaikha went on to confirm that the minister never made such comments.

“The sensationalisation of the minister’s remarks created confusion among Muslims.”

Earlier today, PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim urged people to view Mujahid’s statement in its larger context.

“We must look at the context and read it carefully. He does not encourage it. He was just describing how the operations should be done.

“We don’t encourage it either. Vice is vice,” he said after attending an event.