There are people who visit offices and ask for subscriptions of money allegedly for supporting certain church projects or charitable purposes. These people normally ask for subscriptions without proof that the money they are asking for is really intended to support the alleged religious purpose and this leaves us in doubt with the subscription. How does the law protect the public against possible fraud from such people who might be wrongly using the name of religious institutions for their personal gains?
It is contrary to section 177(e) of the Penal Code [Cap.16 R.E 2022] for a person to pay a visit to the offices or public places other than the places of worships for the purpose of collecting or appealing for subscription of money for religious or charitable purpose unless he has a written consent of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), District Commissioner (DC) or a police officer in-charge of a police station (OCS) in the locality where the collection or appeal for subscription of money is intended to be done. So the control of possible fraud against the public by people who claim to be collecting money for religious or charitable purposes is vested on the IGP, DC or OCS.
Whoever claims to be collecting or asking for subscription of money for religious or charitable purpose should first be asked to show a written consent from the above mentioned three leaders and if he fails to show one, he should be reported to the police and arrested for contravening section 177(e) of the Penal Code. It is only in the places of worship where money can be collected or an appeal for subscription of money for religious purposes can be made without a written permit from the IGP, DC or OCS.