The vigilante group Badar squad is “not a legitimate” religious enforcement body, says Police

PETALING JAYA: The vigilante group, Badar squad, who has been carrying out raids on budget hotels and catching couples committing khalwat, is not a legitimate religious enforcement body and stern action will be taken against its members if they do not stop their activities, warns Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor.

“We would like to advise the group not to act in any way that is against the law.

“ They are not a legitimate religious enforcement body and do not have any power to conduct religious raids.

“Any group that is not registered with the Registrar of Societies is an illegal organisation and appropriate action will be taken against them,” Datuk Mazlan Mansor said in a statement Thursday (July 4). 

The vigilante group had allegedly been conducting enforcement activities without permission from the department, nor have they any search warrant to enter premises and catch people. 

According to the Star, the controversial Badar squad members had been carrying out raids on budget hotels in Sungai Petani for the last two years, and they used to take those caught committing khalwat to a cemetery where they were given counselling.

Several Badar squad members were arrested at the squad’s office in January after a Kedah Islamic Religious Affairs Department officer lodged a police report against them. 

The police warning came after the leader of the anti-vice vigilante group, Badar Squad chief Azhar Mohamad vowed  a nationwide comeback by the end of this month, claiming that immoral activities have allegedly become worse under the Pakatan Harapan administration.

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