I don't care much about the inter-religion complication. I just think this case shows how futile our system is.
This in not uncommon in Malaysia. Even some religious authorities are willing to drop charges for petty cash. If you're malay, they'll give you a hard time and you have to use your influence to wring your way out but if you're chinese, you better get your cash ready. What about the 'connection-less' malays and poor chinese?
If I were caught showing PDA to my girlfriend, I will willingly go to court and face the consequences, given that I was treated well and not verbally or physically abused by the officers involved. But then again, being Malaysians, my family would do the very best they can to 'discuss' with the officers. Just in case you don't know this yet, 'discuss' is a informal interaction to impose superiority or influence over the other party.
Anak Tan Sri = Maaf kami silap.
Anak Dato' = Biasalah budak-budak.
Anak cina = $$$
Anak orang kaya = $$$
Anak orang biasa = $$ + balai + court + syariah = very bleak future job opportunity.
Things will change, I am sure of it. Even when the pegawai Poslaju told me "Tak boleh hantarlah dik kalau macam tu!" when he found out that they ran out of plastic covers for international delivery, I know that things will change. Because I will not stand complacency. I took out a plastic cover from the rubbish bin, put my parcel in it and told him to replace the plastic cover when the new batch of plastic covers comes in. I also told him "Lain kali jangan cakap macam tu dekat orang lain, buat malu Pos Malaysia je."
Force fate. Don't just whine. Be the change you want to see.