The woman seen in footage of a controversial stand-up comedy act at a club in Taman Tun Dr Ismail here has been arrested, say police. Police secretary Deputy Comm Datuk Noorsiah Mohd Saaduddin said the woman had been remanded for three days.
“The suspect is currently being held at the Brickfields police headquarters,” she said in a statement on Sunday (July 10). It was reported that the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) conducted a preliminary investigation into the viral video of the woman’s routine, which is alleged to be insulting to Islam.
Under Section 7 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997, insulting or causing contempt against Islam is an offence and those found guilty can be fined up to RM3,000 or imprisoned up to two years, or both, if convicted.
The 54-second-long video shows a woman wearing a headscarf and baju kurung, who speaks about memorising Quranic verses. She unexpectedly starts taking off her headscarf and outer dress, revealing a mini skirt and spaghetti strap blouse underneath, before yelling out a greeting with an expletive to the audience.
The video then ends without showing the rest of her act. A report was lodged on July 9 over the video which was posted on TikTok and the case is being investigated by the Bukit Aman Special Investigation Unit. The case is being investigated under Section 298A of the Penal Code for causing disunity and spurring hatred among the people as well as under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act for misusing network facilities.