Jawi wants "hugged-and-kissed" K-pop fans to come forward

PETALING JAYA: Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) wants the three tudung-clad fans who were hugged and kissed by members of K-pop band B1A4 during a show on Saturday to assist in its investigations.

Jawi director Paimuzi Yahya said the actions of the women and band members went overboard, were against Islamic teachings and offended the sensitivities of the Muslim community.

"The Jawi enforcement division has opened an investigation under Section 29 of the Syariah Criminal Offences ( Federal Territories ) Act 1977 (Act 599 Indecent Acts in Public Places.)

"Those who are involved are asked to come forward to help in the investigation," he said in a statement on Monday.

Paimuzi explained that the Act involves people who behave indecently and in contravention of Islamic law in a public place with fines of not more than RM1,000 or six months jail or both.

A three-minute video clip of the South Korean band's members hugging and kissing the female fans on stage went viral on social media on Sunday and drew flak from netizens.

The concert organiser, TGM events, has since apologised for the incident and said in a statement that the female fans had gone on stage willingly.

The company also said it had never nor would it ever condone any form of sexual harassment or molestation during its events.

Read: Jakim: Concert organisers must heed Islamic guidelines

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