The khalwat (close proximity) case involving Health Ministry director-general Datuk Seri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman and a staff will be given “special attention”, according to Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.
“It has been brought to the attention of Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who will then set a date for a special inquiry.
“At the same time, the matter will also be referred to Chief Secretary of the Government, Datuk Seri Dr Ali Hamsa, and the Public Services Department for further action,” she said.
Dr Hasan and the woman, Wan Syarifah Nooraazmanita Wan Hassan, 35, an officer with the ministry’s Departmental Examination Management Unit, are facing the possibility of being terminated or demoted for their actions. Both have yet to be suspended.
The duo pleaded guilty to khalwat at the Putrajaya Syariah High Court after they were caught at the Pullman Putrajaya Lakeside hotel on Wednesday morning.
Dr Hasan, 56, paid a RM3,000 fine while Wan Syarifah Nooraazmanita paid RM2,900.
Syarie judge Mohd Amran Mat Zain imposed the punishment after considering that both pleaded guilty and intend to get married once Wan Syarifah Nooraazmanita’s divorce is settled.
Had they failed to pay, Dr Hasan, a widower, would have been jailed for three months while Wan Syarifah Nooraazmanita would have served a 30-day prison term.
Acting on a tip-off, enforcement officers from the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) knocked on the door of the hotel room at about 2am.
The Jawi officers waited five minutes before Dr Hasan, clad in shorts and a t-shirt, allowed them to enter the room.
Inside, they found Wan Syarifah Nooraazmanita dressed but without a scarf, sitting on a chair next to the bed.
Both were charged under Section 27(A) and (B) of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997, which is punishable by a jail term of less than two years or a fine of up to RM3,000, or both, upon conviction. – By Andrew Sagayam / MMail