Threatened with rape, G25’s Noor Farida now under sedition probe for khalwat criticism

Source: The Malay Mail Online

G25 representative Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin is now under sedition probe after her recent call to review Islamic laws governing khalwat. ― File pic

G25 representative Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin is now under sedition probe after her recent call to review Islamic laws governing khalwat. ― File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 18 ― A sedition investigation on G25 representative Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin is underway following her recent call to review Islamic laws governing khalwat, a police official has confirmed.

“Yes we’re investigating under Section 4 (1) of the Sedition Act,” Malacca police chief Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye told Malay Mail Online yesterday.

He added that five police reports have so far been lodged against Noor Farida, one in Malacca and four from other states. Malay Mail Online understands that the Malacca police will be handling the sedition investigation although police reports have been lodged in other states too.

However, the police appear to be tardy in response to threats of bodily harm against the former  judge and spokesman for the moderate Muslim pressure group comprising retired senior civil servants. Read more

No bashing, no fears as Muslims, Christians share stories of religion and activism

Source: The Malaysian Insider

(From left) Syed Azmi Syed Alhabshi, Debbie Loh, Khalina Khalili and Jeffrey Phang sharing yesterday with an audience comprising mostly of Muslims of their journeys to social activism. On the right is moderator Shazana Razali. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, December 18, 2015.

Amalina (not her real name) cradled her seven-week-old baby in her arms as she listened to a Christian activist quote biblical scriptures before an audience comprising mostly Malay, Muslim, tudung-wearing women.

By Amalina’s side were her four other children, ranging from eight to 18 years old, whom the 42-year-old brought along to the talk in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday, titled “Exchange Verses: A night of exchange between Christians and Muslims”.

The talk was promoted as an intimate gathering for people to listen to four activists – two Christians and two Muslims – share how their respective religions inspired them to embark on volunteerism. Read more