Again, cartoonist Zunar taken in for sedition

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malaysia Sedition Act - cartoon by Zunar

Malaysia Sedition Act – cartoon by Zunar

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — Cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwar Ulhaque was today arrested for sedition over cartoons that allegedly insult the prime minister.

According to the Malaysiakini news portal, the cartoonist who is commonly called Zunar was detained in George Town, where one of his exhibitions was attacked by a mob yesterday.

Aside from the Sedition Act, the police are also investigating him under Section 504 of the Penal Code that covers insults made with intent to provoke unrest.

The arrest was denounced shortly after by the organisers of the George Town Literary Festival, where Zunar’s exhibition was displayed.

“The Festival condemns this act of repression which is contrary to the spirit of free speech and expression, a central premise of the festival,” said festival director Bernice Chauly. Read more

Shariah laws already affect non-Muslims, SIS says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 26 — Politicians’ argument that Shariah laws do not affect non-Muslims is disproved by existing interfaith custody battles, the Sisters in Islam group said today when urging the rejection of a Bill to enhance Shariah punishments.

Citing the cases of M. Indira Gandhi and S. Deepa who both underwent high-profile custody battles with Muslim convert ex-spouses, SIS said this was just one of many reasons not to “bulldoze” through PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s private member’s Bill.

“While proponents of RUU355 insist that the Bill will not affect non-Muslims, reality shows that existing syariah laws are already impacting non-Muslims in Malaysia,” the group said. Read more