Singer held over dressing


  • Nation
  • Friday, 06 Jul 2007

IPOH: The Perak Religious Department (JAIP) has ordered a singer to appear before the Syariah Court for “exposing her body” during a performance and “encouraging immoral activities”. 

However, an indignant Siti Noor Idayu Abd Moin, 22, said she was wearing a sleeveless top and long pants when JAIP officers raided an entertainment outlet in Sunway City where she was performing on Tuesday.  

Entertainer:Siti NoorIdayu wasdressed in awhite,sleeveless,top and longblack pantswhen theofficers fromthe religiousdepartmentraided theentertainmentoutlet in Ipohand detainedher onTuesday.

“Our band had just finished and it was a little past midnight when they came in and rounded up all the Muslims. 

“They asked to see our MyKad but one officer refused to touch the cards, referring to them as najis (unclean),” she said. 

Siti Noor Idayu said the JAIP officers later detained seven people, including four employees of the outlet, and brought them to the department office. 

“They put us in a tiny room and turned up the air-conditioner. I heard one officer tell the other: Bekulah dia orang (Let them freeze),” she said. 

Siti Noor Idayu also said the male officers kept taking photographs of her, adding that she was made to stay overnight in that room until 10am. 

She said the officer who finally came to record her statement at 8am, accused her of consuming alcohol and drugs, being involved in immoral activities, and that her MyKad was a fake. 

“I took the breathalyser test twice and when the reading remained at zero, the officers looked frustrated. 

“I heard one tell the other: Tapi dia tak minum lah (But she did not drink),” she said. 

Siti Noor Idayu said an officer even told her that the money she earned working in the outlet was duit haram (illicit money) and that her parents, children and future generations would all be tainted for using such money. 

“They finally wrote me a notice accusing me of dressing sexily and encouraging immorality just because I sang there,” she said. 

The notice ordered her to appear before the Syariah Court here on Aug 6. 

When contacted, JAIP director Datuk Jamry Sury said he was confident that his officers had not acted outside of their jurisdiction in issuing the notice. 

“According to Islamic laws, a Muslim woman is not allowed to serve or entertain a man who is not her husband in a place where immoral activities usually take place,” he said.  

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