Non-Muslim couple denied hotel room

A non-Muslim couple could not rent a room at a hotel in Terminal Bersepadu Selatan in Kuala Lumpur as they were not married, Sin Chew Daily reported.

The 25-year-old woman known only as Wang said she and her boyfriend wanted to rent a room on Sunday evening so that they could catch an early flight the next morning.

To their shock, the couple could not get a room as they could not produce a marriage certificate, it reported.

So Wang's boyfriend then rented a room for himself and they waited at the room for their two female friends so Wang could share the room with them.

However, the person-in-charge came to the room asking either one of them to leave as unmarried couples were not allowed to stay in the same room, it reported.

The hotel receptionist claimed that the rule was set up by the religious department and National Registration Department.

"We merely followed the rules," the receptionist said.

When contacted, the owner of the hotel said non-Muslims did not need to produce a marriage certificate when renting a room.

"Only Muslim couples need to do so. I think my workers misunderstood the whole thing.

"I will explain to them and prevent this from happening again," said the owner, who apologised over the incident.

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