As issues regarding the recent controversy at the Let’s Fly with B1A4 fan-meet in Kuala Lumpur have been growing stronger, religious officials in Malaysia are summoning the three young, tudung-clad women involved in the incident to come forward and participate in an investigation.
On January 12th, director Paimuzi Yahya of the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) made an announcement regarding the three Malaysian women who were seen being hugged and sharing friendly skinship with the B1A4 members during a fan-event game called, “Imitating famous moments in K-Dramas.”
The director said that the actions of the young women and B1A4 members were extreme and against Islamic teachings, bringing dishonor, shame, and anger to the Muslim community.
The JAWI further announced the summoning of the three Muslim-Malaysian women to come forward and assist in a new investigation that was opened under Section 29 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1977 (Act 599 Indecent Acts in Public Places).
Director Paimuzi also explained that the aforementioned Act pertains to people who have behaved in violation of, or has shown indecent behavior of Islamic law in a public area, with fines that can reach up to 1,000 Malaysian Ringgit (RM), six months of jail time, or both.
Moreover, some Malay netizens are mocking K-pop, as well as the girls who “let themselves be touched” by the K-pop group by calling them “indecent” and to be “shaming Islam.” At first, Sukan Star TV reported the happenings by uploading a video that was titled “Malay Girls Molested on Stage By K-pop Men Last Night.” After the video was dispersed all over the internet through various social networking websites, one netizen commented that the girls “acted like prostitutes,” and another said that, if given the chance, the girls would “sleep in the same bed” with K-pop singers. The most popular comment in one of the articles says that the commenter wishes JAWI would arrest not only the girls, but “all the responsible parents of the girls,” as well.
Meanwhile, there are also netizens who are taking the side of the girls, claiming that women in hijab hold hands with men on TV all the time. A spokesperson of NGO called Sisters in Islam accused the inconsistency of JAWI, and that there are Muslim couples seen in public holding hands, and actresses playing roles that “require physical contact” with male actors.
Furthermore, B1A4’s agency WM Entertainment released an official statement regarding the issue, stating, “The event took place after consent from those who participated,” and, “We understand that it could be perceived in such a way from certain perspectives and from now on we will take cultural differences into careful consideration in order to provide a more global fan-meet that all fans from different cultures can enjoy.”