Informers ‘must be sound’

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  • Thursday, 22 Feb 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: Using Mat Skoding to help curb immoral activities is fine but the volunteers selected must have sound religious character, Johor Mufti Datuk Noh Gadut said. 

He said informers should be selected on the basis of four basic traits – siddiq (sincerity), amanah (trustworthiness), tabligh (ability to deliver “the message”) and hikmah (wisdom). 

“They (the informers) need to have these four traits so that they will not abuse their power. They must be sincere so that they will not twist information. They must be trustworthy so that they will not be biased,” he said. 

Perak Mufti Datuk Seri Harussani supported the move, saying that informers were tools to prevent illicit behaviour from becoming rampant. 

Malaysian Ulama Association president Abdul Ghani Samsuddin said it was up to the department to train informers to carry out their duty responsibly. 

“There is nothing wrong with rewarding the informers, who are sincerely helping to carry out their fardu kifayah (social obligation) to curb immoral acts,” he added. 

Sisters In Islam (SIS) said, however, it was disappointed that Malaysians were being again enlisted and “trained” to spy on one another. 

The Women’s Aid Organisation said it was appalled by this attempt at “moral policing”.  

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