KUALA LUMPUR - A MALAYSIAN state governed by a conservative Islamic party plans to compel Muslim government workers to pray five times a day as required by their religion, an official said on Tuesday.
Mr Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, the chief minister of northeastern Kelantan state, said Muslims who shirk their prayer obligations 'are not fearful of Allah and are susceptible to committing bribery and other sins.'
Kelantan is planning to introduce a law to force Muslim government workers to pray five times a day, said the minister's aide Mr Anual Bakri Haron.
He said details on how to enforce the plan will be finalised later.
Kelantan has been ruled since 1990 by the conservative Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, which has implemented strict morality rules such as banning gambling, nightclubs and rock concerts. -- AP
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