Monday, March 22, 2010

Caning - police record statement of SIS director

Sisters in Islam (SIS) executive director Dr Hamidah Marican was called in today by the authorities to give her statement with regards to a press release issued by the organisation criticising the caning of three Muslim women under the Syariah criminal offences law.

Accompanied by lawyers, friends and supporters, Hamidah (below, left) presented herself at the at the Petaling Jaya district police station to give her statement.

jag suaram hakam join pc on kartika case 300909  hamidah maricanThe case has been classified under Section 298 (A) of the Penal Code which deals with 'causing disharmony, disunity or feelings of enmity or hatred or ill-will, which may affect the harmony or unity of the country'.

"I spent almost one and half hours giving my statement," she said in a statement released late this evening.

Investigations into the SIS press release were initiated following a police report lodged on Feb 17 by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Jais).

This is the second time within five months that police have called in SIS members to record their statement regarding the caning of Muslim women.

In November, three SIS members were called to the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters for investigations under the Sedition Act following their comments on behalf of the organisation on Kartika Sari Dewi's proposed caning sentence.

Freedom of expression

In her statement, Hamidah said that within a democratic society's framework, there must be an 'open, responsible, rational and respectful dialogue on Islam, Muslim laws and policies and their impact on our lives'.

She added the organisation believes that freedom of expression was a universal value guaranteed by the federal constitution and which is also stipulated under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and which constitutes part of Islamic teaching.

On the application to the High Court today by the Malaysian Assembly of Mosque Youth (Mamy) to prevent SIS from using the word 'Islam' in its name, Hamidah said SIS would comment on the matter upon receiving the application.

courtesy of Malaysiakini

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