Outlawed Al-Arqam gathering raided, 20 detained

PKR leader Dr Badrulamin Bahron one of those arrested

(NST) – Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) raided a gathering of Al-Arqam followers and detained more than 20 of them here last night.

They were detained under Section 12C of the Selangor Syariah Criminal Enactment for seeking to revive the banned Al-Arqam sect.

The raid which began at 9 pm saw JAIS personnel swoop down the banned sect members during a function, said a JAIS spokesman.

Those picked up were attending  the 75th birthday of Al-Arqam founder Ashaari Muhammad or popularly known as Abuya who died in 2010.

All those detained were taken to the JAIS headquarters in Shah Alam for questioning.

During the raid, JAIS officials also seized pamphlets.