Last month, 62-year-old Barnhart and his wife Carole Joanne, 61, holidaying in Langkawi, were harassed at 2am by 6 men from the state Religious Department demanding to inspect their home, and asked to see his "woman" when Barnhart refused to let them in. They also asked the couple to produce their marriage certificate.
Barnhart wanted three things: A letter of apology from the department, a letter that they will not be bothered again, and compensation of RM4,315 — the amount he paid to send his traumatised wife back to the United States.
Kedah Menteri Besar said: "The religious officers were just carrying out their duties as enforcement officers. The only problem here is that they mishandled the couple."
LTAC stressed that the sum paid to the Barnharts was purely a goodwill gesture.
Barnhart said: "They apologised to me and I understand their concern. But he added that he had heard nothing from the Religious Department and might take legal action, depending on his lawyer’s advice.
In order to prevent a repeat of this incident, the LTAC is now acting as adviser to the Integrated Operation Board set up by Langkawi enforcement agencies.
The 6 officers and the religious department would not aplogise. LTAC apologise.