(File pix) Muslim men who do not perform Friday prayers in Terengganu will now face a maximum fine of RM3,000 or two years' jail. AFP Photo

KUALA TERENGGANU: Muslim men who do not perform Friday prayers in Terengganu will now face a maximum fine of RM3,000 or two years' jail.

This followed the passing of a bill to amend the Terengganu Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment (Takzir) 2001 by the state assembly here yesterday.

Apart from amendments to Section 16, other amendments involved Section 19 on failure to respect Ramadan and Section 53 on harassing women in public places.

Amendments to Section 16 on offences by Muslim men not performing Friday prayers without valid reasons involved increasing the jail terms from a maximum of six months or a fine not exceeding RM1,000.

The jail term for offences committed under Section 19 and 53 will be increased from six months to a maximum of two years. -- Bernama

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