Published in Malay Mail Online
Meet Wan Sulaiman Wan Ismail. The soft-spoken 54-year-old is a father of four from Ipoh, Perak who is rarely seen without a skullcap on his head.
However, he has been hounded by Perak’s religious authorities for more than a year now.
Things came to a head in January this year when his house was raided by the Islamic enforcers, where they confiscated his personal handwritten notes and went through his mobile phone and personal computer. On the same day, he was charged in the Ipoh Shariah High Court.
Since then, things have gone downhill for him. He has been ostracised by the same family who has never before this wished him ill. Even his wife has left him.
His small business selling briyani was boycotted by the locals as they learned of the allegations. No longer able to sustain the losses, he shut it down. In the end, he even had to sell off his only home.
What did Wan Sulaiman do to deserve this?