A MUSLIM man is facing a RM1,000 fine by Kelantan religious authorities for wearing shorts to play futsal, reported The Star.
Wan Khairul Hayyee Wali was given a notice at 10.45pm yesterday and ordered to attend counselling next month, failing which he would be called to the shariah court and risked being fined if found guilty.
The 30-year-old, who has been wearing shorts to play futsal since he was in school, said he was unaware of a ruling against it.
“It came as a shock to me when a religious department enforcement officer gave me a notice, saying I had flouted the Syariah Criminal Enactment for exposing my knees.
In yesterday’s incident, he said he had tried explaining to the officer that he was on his way to play futsal and had gotten out of his car momentarily to buy a burger for his wife.
“If I did not stop to buy the burger, I would never have known that it is an offence to wear shorts even when we are on the way to play sports.
“If it is an offence, they have to make it clear to the public. How are we supposed to know that it is an offence when even football players wear shorts? ”
Wan Khairul said he would attend the counselling session.
A state Islamic Religious Affairs Department officer said the dress code was strictly applicable to Muslims only.
“We do not take action against non-Muslims, not even even against a female non-Muslim who wears shorts in public.”
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