SOP on khalwat raids to follow Islamic procedure, says Mujahid

KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa says the standard operating procedure (SOP) for enforcement on khalwat will be improved by taking into account approaches that are in accordance with Islamic procedures, including not embarrassing the victims.

He said enforcement should follow clearer procedures to avoid errors, including the victimisation of people.

“What we want to do is improve on weaknesses. It is not like getting information and immediately conducting the raid. I am here to improve the SOPs, the technicalities.

“There are cases involving khalwat raids when the couples are husband and wife… it is embarrassing,” he said at the “Rahmatan Lil A’lamin in Malaysia” dialogue at Universiti Malaya last night, where he appeared as a guest.

Mujahid said he did not have any statistics on the issue, but there had been many complaints.

“There has to be discipline. Do not peep and embarrass other people. As much as you want to carry out your duty, the power is with you to accomplish it with all this basic discipline,” he added.

He said the existing SOP was based on complaints, but that all raids should be carried out with solid evidence in hand.