Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Kuala Lumpur: a big no-smooching zone

The Federal Court of Malaysia has ruled that local governments have the authority to outlaw public hugging and kissing. The case was appealed to the high court by a couple who were charged late one afternoon in 2003 in City Centre Park.

The couple believes they were charged because they failed to properly bribe the policemen who arrested them, but based their appeal on challenging Kaula Lumpur's jurisdiction to enact the bylaw.

The debate surrounding the ruling pits Muslim voices of "how proper societies should behave" against non-Islamic proponents of personal freedom.

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