SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) has reiterated that it did not raid the Damansara Utama Methodist Church, but only performed a check to look for Muslims.
Jais director Marzuki Hussin, in a statement Thursday, said the check was conducted together with the police on Aug 3 at 9.45pm, as provided for under the Syariah Criminal Enactment (Selangor) 1995, after the department received information that a breaking of fast would be held together with a thanksgiving dinner at a church.
“Jais wants to point out that discussions with the organisers outside the function hall clearly dispels allegations that Jaid raided, acted aggressively and trespassed.
“In fact, Jais asked for permission to enter and was allowed into the hall to conduct the check after the ceremony was over at 11pm,” said Marzuki.
He added that there was no act of aggression by its enforcement officers on that night.
“It was only after the ceremony had ended that the check was performed in the hall. In less than 10 minutes, Jais enforcement officers and the police were directed by the organisers to leave the hall.”
He added that although 12 Muslims were present at the event, they only had their particulars recorded and were asked to attend a counselling session with Jais.