KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 — A non-Muslim Kelantanese woman received a fine from the Kota Baru Municipal Council (MPKB) for wearing indecent clothing.

New Straits Times today reported that the council’s enforcement officers issued a fine to the 35-year-old woman who operates a clothing business during their inspection to the outlet which is located at Jalan Merbau about 11am.

“The non-Muslim owner was found to have been wearing shorts in public places and for that, she was slapped with the compound,” MPKB’s president Rosnazli Amin was quoted as saying by the news portal.

Rosnazli said that the woman had violated the provisions outlined in section 34(2)(b) of the Business and Industrial Trade By-Laws 2019.


“This by-law existed a long time ago and many locals, including non-Muslims, understand it,” he was quoted as saying.

It has been revealed that the woman has been granted a period of seven days, starting from the date of the notice, to settle the imposed fine or failure to do so may result in legal action.

According to the report, a relative of the woman shared the compound notice on social media, which caused a wave of discontent as the Kelantan state, led by PAS, has consistently assured that its shariah-inspired by-laws would not have any impact on non-Muslims.