Malaysia Valentine's Day Crackdown Targets 'Immoral' Acts Like Casual Sex

Malaysian lovebirds, take note: as part of nationwide campaign to encourage a sin-free lifestyle, the government is planning a crackdown on “immoral acts” in time for Valentine’s Day.

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The AFP is reporting that authorities in the northern states of Kedah, Penang and Kelantan as well as central Selangor state will carry out “immorality checks” on Feb. 14, said Nasrudin Hasan Tantawi, head of the Islamic party PAS’s youth wing.
“We have identified spots in these states which are used by lovers and we are deploying local religious department officials as well as party members to stop such sinful acts like casual sex which violates Islam,” Nasrudin told the AFP.
Though no additional details on how the offending culprits will exactly be nabbed were provided, among those targeted will be women found to be wearing no panties, and hotels offering deals for unwed couples. “We must stop such practices here as these are sinful activities,” he added. “We are not trying to stop love, but want to ensure that whatever Muslims in Malaysia do is moral and in keeping with our faith.”
Offenders, Nasrudin said, will be prosecuted under Islamic law. As Time has noted, Muslim-majority Malaysia operates according to a dual-track legal system whereby Muslims are bound by Shari’a law (in certain contexts) and non-Muslims are handled by the country’s civil courts. Source

  • One of their false beliefs connected with this festival was that the names of girls who had reached marriageable age would be written on small rolls of paper and placed in a dish on a table. Then the young men who wanted to get married would be called, and each of them would pick a piece of paper. He would put himself at the service of the girl whose name he had drawn for one year, so that they could find out about one another. Then they would get married, or they would repeat the same process again on the day of the festival in the following year. The Christian clergy reacted against this tradition, which they considered to have a corrupting influence on the morals of young men and women. It was abolished in Italy, where it had been well-known, then it was revived in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when in some western countries there appeared shops which sold small books called “Valentine’s books”, which contained love poems, from which the one who wanted to send a greeting to his sweetheart could choose. They also contained suggestions for writing love letters.