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Kelantan To Stop Prayer Time Loiterers

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KOTA BARU: Kelantan will tighten laws to curb Muslims from loitering at public places during prayer times and prevent unmarried youths from riding together on motorcycles.

Harakah daily reported Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob as saying that tighter by-laws would be used to stop activities which are deemed unIslamic.

“Álthough the problem of youths loitering at public places is not rampant we need to tighten the laws to nip the problem in the bud.

“This is in line with the inception of the Islamic Development Department at the Kota Baru Municipal Council that monitors unhealthy activities among Muslim youths and a review is underway to have the departments at all local governments in Kelantan by the end of this year,” he said after chairing the state executive council meeting on Wednesday.

Ahmad, also PAS deputy spiritual adviser, said the government was also concerned that unmarried youths were riding on motorcycles in pairs.

He said the local councils had been directed to study measures to make it an offence for unmarried people to ride on a motorcycle.

“It is a trend that unmarried young couples were seen travelling on motorcycles and this is the sort of activities we need to curb,” he said.

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