Eating satay or committing adultery? That’s the same question the religious authorities Pejabat Agama Daerah Kulim (PADK) had to ask this couple when they were found committing adultery in Kulim, Kedah.
The couple, who were inside a parked car, told the PADK that they were “just eating satay” when caught. According to Kulim District Religious Officer, Sheikh Muhammad Suhaimi Saleh, the area was patrolled for more than two hours before the couple was approached.
The patrolling is said to have been conducted after receiving reports from the public about the couple often being seen alone in the car together. The car is said to have been parked in a dark area in front of a house when approached by the religious authorities around 10.40pm. When asked what they were doing in the car the couple responded,
“We weren’t doing anything, we were just eating satay.”
However, the authorities did not believe what the duo had to say and carried out an investigation. “The couple was shocked to see the presence of PADK enforcers. The inspection also found that the windows of the entire vehicle were fitted with light shields,” revealed Muhammad Suhaimi.
The District Religious Officer also told Harian Metro that the pair was an unmarried couple. He stated, “The couple failed to submit any documents proving that they are husband and wife or mahram causing them to be detained on suspicion of khalwat (close proximity).”
The results of the investigation is reported to have found that the man is 52-years-old and has a wife and three children. The man and his 26-year-old mistress are said to be working together at a utility company in the Kulim district.
“The couple were taken to the Kulim Police Station for an arrest report before being taken to the religious office for further action,” added Muhammad Suhaimi. “The man is believed to live in this district while the woman is from Sungai Petani and lives in a rented house here.”
The case is currently being investigated under Section 25 of the Kedah Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment 2014. If convicted, the couple can be fined no more than RM3,000 or given two years imprisonment or both.
Source: Harian Metro.