WASHINGTON, January 20, 2015 – The BCC reports that a video of a Korean pop band embracing teenage girls in Malaysia has attracted heavy criticism. The video shows several girls, giggling and sometimes hesitant, acting out scenes from Korean dramas with different members of the band, all of which end in friendly hugs.
A band member also kisses one girl on the top of her head.
International reports are that four Malay girls, who re-enacted scenes from drama “The Heirs” with members of B1A4, will be investigated by JAWI (Federal Territories Islamic Department). The president of JAWI stated that the girls in the video were “inappropriate” and going against the teachings of Islam by “[disturbing] the sensitivities of Muslims in [Malaysia].”
JAWI says the girls should come to the office and that if the girls do not comply, they are to arrest the girls in question, who may be imprisoned for up to six months and/or be fined with up to 1,000 RM.
Sukan Star TV reported the happenings by uploading a video that was titled “Malay Girls Molested on Stage By K-pop Men Last Night.” Some Malay netizens are mocking K-pop, while others are calling the girls “indecent” and to be “shaming Islam”. Comments on social media include ridiculous statements that the girls “acted like prostitutes,” that the girls would “sleep in the same bed” with K-pop singers given the chance and still others saying that JAWI should arrest the girls, and the parents.
After the video was dispersed all over the internet through various social networking websites, 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.
Islamic authorities for Kuala Lumpur, where the meeting took place, have said they will investigate the incident for possible violations of Sharia law.