Be wary of bogus Syariah enforcement officers, Brunei's public told

Be wary of bogus Syariah enforcement officers, Brunei's public told
Panel members comprising officers from Attorney General’s Chambers, Islamic Legal Unit and Syariah Affairs Department briefing the Chinese community at Dewan Sumbangsih in Beribi yesterday.

BRUNEI - Members of the public were reminded to be wary of imposters pretending to be religious enforcement officials enforcing the Syariah Penal Code Order 2013, and to report such incidents to the authorities.

The reminder came when a member of the Tiong Hwa community raised the issue during a Syariah law briefing at Dewan Sumbangsih in Beribi.

The imposters allegedly stopped several individuals at one of the shopping complexes in Gadong for wearing shorts and imposed fines. These individuals, scared, paid the fine. It was believed the fine was around $200.

Upon the implementation of the law, enforcement officials will carry identification badges and introduce themselves, said Attorney General's Chambers Counsel Hj Afif Ddaraina Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Hj Badaruddin, a panel speaker at the briefing.

He added that no fines will be imposed on the spot. Individuals will also first be investigated and tried in court before any penalty or punishment is imposed.

He also asked victims of fraud to come forward and report the case to the police for further action.

In a press statement, the Ministry of Religious Affairs yesterday stated that enforcement officers do not have the power to impose or collect fines under the Syariah Penal Code 2013.

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