Threat to behead: Activist-lawyer Siti Kasim files report

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: Prominent lawyer and activist Siti Zabedah Kasim, better known as Siti Kasim, today lodged a police report against a man for calling on Muslims to behead her.

According to the New Straits Times, the first threat was posted online on July 3.

The man had attached an article quoting her stand on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, as reported by an online portal but which she claimed had misquoted her.

On July 19, the same man wrote another post, attaching yet another article from the same online portal, stating that Siti Kasim had allegedly said, “Not to follow Arabic Islam, but follow the real Islam”. Read more

No food at KLIA lockup: Immigration to probe Bangladeshi’s grouses

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department will look into allegations by Bangladeshi human rights activist Adilur Rahman Khan, who was denied entry into the country.

Adilur was quoted by Dhaka-based The Daily Star news portal as saying that, among other things, he was forced to fork out US$100 (RM429) to get food while in detention at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on Thursday.

“I have to check on this,” Immigration Department director-general Mustafar Ali told FMT when contacted today.

“But the immigration is not the one responsible to provide them (those held at KLIA) with food.

“There is a vendor appointed by the airline operators who is supposed to look into their well-being.” Read more

Bangladeshi activist alleges harsh conditions in KLIA lockup

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: A Bangladeshi human rights activist who was arrested when he flew into Malaysia with a valid visa last week has claimed that he saw several other travellers from his country being detained under trying conditions despite possessing proper documents.

Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary of the rights group Odhikar, also said he was forced to fork out US$100 (RM429) to get food while in detention at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) during the ordeal.

The Bangladeshi Supreme Court advocate, who was later deported by the Malaysian immigration department, said detainees who could not afford to pay the amount had to consume water only. Read more

Recap of Shariah Bill saga before Dewan Rakyat sitting tomorrow

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s bid for harsher Shariah punishments is expected to make another appearance in this parliamentary meeting that will start tomorrow until August 10.

In case you might have forgotten the events from three months ago, here’s where we left off in April in Hadi’s long-running attempt to empower Shariah courts to dole out more severe punishments to Muslim offenders.

Hadi had proposed amending the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, or Act 355, to increase the Shariah courts’ maximum sentencing limits to 30 years’ jail, RM100,000 fine and 100 strokes of the cane.

Just a day before the second anniversary of his proposed legal changes’ appearance in Parliament, the Marang MP managed to table on April 6 his parliamentary motion which contained his proposed private member’s Bill. Read more