Business hums along quietly despite raid in Shah Alam

RAWANG: It is business as usual and just another day in the life of those working in the three blocks of shophouses at the Bandar Country Homes commercial centre that housed the business interests of Rufaqa’ Corporation Sdn Bhd.

The company was set up in 1997, when al-Arqam founder Ashaari Muhammad was under restricted residence here following his detention under the Internal Security Act for deviant teachings.

The movement has since been disbanded and Ashaari is now executive chairman of Rufaqa’ Corp.

There is hardly any ripple of uneasiness among its people here, following the news on Saturday that the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) had raided an upper floor of a bakery in Shah Alam and nabbed 107 people attending an alleged motivation meeting there.

“Sudah biasa (Used to it),” Those were the remarks of some young people, when asked about the looming ban on their organisation.

Some, when approached, said they had discarded all deviant teachings and were now just running businesses.

There are over 40 enterprises under Rufaqa’ within the three blocks of shoplots and many involved family members.

A travel agency, an inn, a mini-market, a maternity clinic, a cultural centre and studio, restaurants, herbal products shop and boutiques are among the ventures under the Rufaqa’ wing, that have been set up by individuals with capital that purportedly comes from Ashaari’s coffers.

The corporation pays the rents of its staff and many of them live at the shophouses or the nearby flats and houses.

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