KUALA TERENGGANU – Civil servants and teenagers are among 17 couples arrested during the statewide ‘khalwat’ raid, dubbed Ops Tahun Baru, early Sunday.
State Religious Affairs Commissioner Datuk Wan Mohd Wan Ibrahim said the suspects, aged between 17 and mid-40s, were picked up at numerous hotels for allegedly committing khalwat (close proximity) and having immoral sex outside of marriage.
“These couples are using various tricks to fool the authorities. Only the women were found to have checked in to the hotels, while their partners would only come later in the wee hour,” he told reporters here today.
He said some of them hailed from Selangor and Pahang and all of them would be investigated under Section 29 of the Syariah Crime Offences (Takzir) (Terengganu) Enactment 2001.