Muslim officials disguise themselves as waiters to catch Muslims who do not fast during Ramadan in Malaysia
- The team in the Segamat district of Johor will follow 185 points of sale during the holy month
- Officers will take photos and contact the local religious affairs department
- In Johor, Muslims who skip a fast can be punished with a maximum of six months in prison
Malaysian officials disguise themselves as cooks and waiters to catch Muslims who don't fast during Ramadan.
Thirty-two enforcement officers from a Muslim-majority city council go undercover to food stores as part of the plan, the New Straits Times reported.
Muslims must fast from sunrise to sunset during the holiest month of Islam unless there are special circumstances such as illness.
Although Muslims in multi-ethnic Malaysia have traditionally followed a tolerant form of Islam, critics have gained ground in recent years, critics say.
The team in the Segamat district, in the southern state of Johor, will follow 185 points of sale, with two of the selected officers being good at making popular dishes such as spicy fried noodles.
Malaysian officials disguise themselves as cooks and waiters to catch Muslims who don't fast during Ramadan. Pictured: Muslims break their fast in Kuala Lumpur
& # 39; We have selected specially selected enforcement officers who are dark-skinned for the undercover job & # 39 ;, said Mohamad Masni Wakiman, President of the Segamat City Council.
& # 39; They sound convincing when they speak in Indonesian and Pakistani jargon, so that customers think they have actually been hired to cook and serve meals and take menu orders. & # 39;
Many staff at dining places in Malaysia are labor migrants.
If Muslims order food during the day, the officers will secretly take photos of them and contact the local religious affairs department for further action, Masni said.
Malaysia has a legal system with two tracks, whereby Muslims fall under Islamic law in certain areas.
In Johor, Muslims who skip fasting can be punished with up to six months in prison or a fine of up to 1,000 ringgit ($ 240), or both.
Sisters in Islam, a group promoting the rights of Muslim women in Malaysia, said the plan was disgraceful and gave the wrong impression of Islam in the eyes of fellow Muslims and people of other religions.
& # 39; We sincerely demand that all parties stop this disgraceful espionage. & # 39;
More than 60 percent of Malaysia's 32 million inhabitants are ethnic Malay Muslims and the country is also home to significant ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities, who generally do not follow Islam.
When Muslims order food during the day, the officers secretly take photos of them and contact the local religious affairs department for further action. In Johor, Muslims who skip a fast can be punished with a maximum of six months in prison. Pictured: Muslims are waiting for breakfast in Kuala Lumpur
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