So remember when I wished that the three Malaysian girls involved in the B1A4 touching controversy would “get away” from it without issue? Yeah, well I guess that was wishful thinking, as they’re now being sought by authorities so criminal charges can be brought against them.
No, this is not satire.
The Star Online quoted Jawi director Paimuzi Yahya as saying that the actions of the women and band members went overboard, as it was 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 today.
According to The Star Online, Paimuzi explained that the particular Act can be enforced against people who behave indecently and in contravention of Islamic law in a public place, and is punishable with fines of not more than RM1,000 or six months jail or both.
I, uh, wow.
Three girls went from having the time of their life to now being sought on criminal charges cause they got barely grazed by pop idols. Just hilariously stupid.
As many Muslim and Malaysian commenters pointed out last time around, this isn’t really about religion at all. At least, certainly not as much as it is about K-pop. That was clear to me after reading through the comments section on this issue and basically seeing a bunch of gendered, xenophobic, racist insults instead of stuff regarding religion.
In other words, the actual issue is that many Malaysian dudes have a problem with K-pop’s popularity in their country, specifically the popularity of Korean men to Muslim Malaysian women, and the Malaysian men are trying to hide their hate behind a “cultural” or “religious” tolerance justification.
The fact that the authorities haven’t found the trio yet gives me hope, and I hope they never come forward, honestly. As for others ratting them out, this is a time where “Snitches Get Stitches” should apply.