Kassim Ahmad: Loving granddad, prolific writer, cili padi activist

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Kassim Ahmad: Loving granddad, prolific writer, cili padi activist

Kassim Ahmad and wife Shariffah Fawziah Syed Yussoff Alsagoff pictured when they were young parents. – The Malaysian Insight pic, October 10, 2017.

DR Kassim Ahmad, the renowned Malay intellectual and author, was brave because he believed he had the truth on his side, his widow said.

Shariffah Fawziah Syed Yussoff Alsagoff, 79, said her husband had been called a communist and other names just because others feared his non-mainstream views.

“But he always had the courage to face his critics because the truth was on his side.“He knew what he was doing because he had read, studied, and done his research,” she told The Malaysian Insight.

Kassim, 84, died at 10am today at Kulim Hospital in Kedah near their home at the Kulim Golf and Country Resort after slipping into a coma yesterday. Read more

Jawi drops Shariah charges against Kassim Ahmad

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Kassim Ahmad (pic) has won in the civil courts in his legal challenge against Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, Jawi and the government of Malaysia over his arrest and prosecution in the Shariah courts. Pic by The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 ― Shariah prosecutors today finally withdrew two 2014 Shariah charges against Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad after the octogenarian’s long court battles, his lawyer confirmed.

Kassim’s lawyer Rosli Dahlan said the 83-year-old will no longer face the two Shariah charges that are both punishable with a maximum RM3,000 fine or maximum two-year jail, or both.

“The charges are all dropped, Kassim is totally free, all three of the bailors are released and bail money is to be returned,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted after Kassim’s case was mentioned at the Putrajaya Shariah High Court. Read more

Kassim Ahmad to initiate contempt proceedings if Shariah charges remain

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

Kassim Ahmad (pic) has won in the civil courts in his legal challenge against Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, Jawi and the government of Malaysia over his arrest and prosecution in the Shariah courts. Pic by The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad has warned Shariah prosecutors to drop charges against him next Monday, or face court proceedings for being in contempt of the Court of Appeal and Federal Court’s rulings in his favour.

In a letter yesterday, Kassim’s lawyers told Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) director Paimuzi Yahya and Jawi’s Federal Territories chief Syarie prosecutor Mohammad Adib Husain that they should halt his prosecution and release three individuals from their role as his bailors when the case comes up in the Putrajaya Shariah court again next Monday. Read more

Two NGOs lodge police report against Kassim Ahmad

Source: The Sun Daily

Mohd Ridhwan Othman (C) and his two deputy, Abdul Aziz MK Makkai Kutty (L) and Mad Johan Jamian pose in front of Johor Baru South police station after they lodged the police reports on April 20, 2017. — Pic by Low Sock Ken for the Sun Daily.

Mohd Ridhwan Othman (C) and his two deputy, Abdul Aziz MK Makkai Kutty (L) and Mad Johan Jamian pose in front of Johor Baru South police station after they lodged the police reports on April 20, 2017. — Pic by Low Sock Ken for the Sun Daily.

JOHOR BARU: Two non-government organisations here have lodged police reports against an 82-year-old scholar cum former social and political activist Dr Kassim Ahmad over his article on Islam and national religious issue.

Mohd Ridhwan Othman, President of Perimau (Persatuan Pemuda Puteri Melayu Bersatu) or United Malay Youth Association and Johor Muafakat Education Association (Pertubuhan Muafakat Pendidikan Johor) said, Kassim’s article titled “Government has no business meddling in Islam” appeared in his own blog and in a news portal.

He said, Kassim has made seditious statements to the people and suggested to change the Federal Constitution on Islam as national religious status in the article.

He added Kassim should be investigated under Sedition Act. Read more

Apex court throws out Jawi’s bid to appeal against Kassim Ahmad’s court victory

Source: The Malay Mail Online

In March 2015, Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad (pic) was charged at the Syariah High Court in Putrajaya with insulting Islam and defying religious authorities at a seminar in February.― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the Malay Mail Online.

In March 2015, Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad (pic) was charged at the Syariah High Court in Putrajaya with insulting Islam and defying religious authorities at a seminar in February.― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the Malay Mail Online.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 7 — The Federal Court dismissed today a leave application by Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) and two others to reverse a Court of Appeal’s ruling favouring Muslim academic Kassim Ahmad.

The apex court panel lead by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum unanimously decided today to refuse granting permission to hear the merits of the appeal, after the previous appellate court declaration that Kassim’s arrest by Jawi was unlawful.

Malaysiakini reported that the panel, which also included Federal Court judges Tan Sri Zainun Ali and Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi, dismissed the appellants’ arguments regarding the jurisdiction of Civil Court in Shariah cases, and procedures of arrest and investigation.

The panel reportedly said the questions had been answered twice — when the Court of Appeal granted leave in Kassim’s appeal against High Court dismissing his leave application, and again when the same court heard his appeal and ruled in favour of him. Read more

Hearing of Jawi’s bid for leave to appeal against Kassim Ahmad’s Court of Appeal victory

In March 2015, Kassim was charged at the Shariah High Court in Putrajaya with insulting Islam and defying religious authorities at a seminar in February that was officiated by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. — Picture by Zurari AR

In March 2015, Kassim was charged at the Shariah High Court in Putrajaya with insulting Islam and defying religious authorities at a seminar in February that was officiated by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. — Picture by Zurairi AR

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 7 — The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department’s (Jawi) leave application in the Federal Court to reverse the Court of Appeal’s ruling favouring Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad has been postponed to March 14*. The hearing will be heard in front of another panel after the applicants could not decide whether to proceed with the panel comprising Federal Court judges Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop, Tan Sri Ramly Ali and Datuk Aziah Ali.

 

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*The hearing took place on 7 March 2017

 

 

 

 

Sebak baca puisi lama, Kassim Ahmad ajak rakyat ‘derhaka’

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

Dr Kassim Ahmad di mahkamah selepas hakim memutuskan tahanan yang dibuat Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (Jawi) ‘tidak sah’, 21 Disember 2015. — Foto oleh Saw Siow Feng

Dr Kassim Ahmad di mahkamah selepas hakim memutuskan tahanan yang dibuat Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (Jawi) ‘tidak sah’, 21 Disember 2015. — Foto oleh Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 Ogos — “Kian lama kita mati dalam setia, kali ini kita hidup dalam derhaka!” dua baris terakhir sajak “Dialog” yang dibacakan penuh emosi oleh Kassim Ahmad.

Meskipun sedikit lemah kerana masalah kesihatan, tokoh intelektual dan sasterawan Melayu itu, kini berusia 83 tahun, agak beremosi ketika membacakan puisi itu, yang ditulis pada 1958.

Pemikir kontroversi yang sering dilabel “anti-hadis”, Kassim mengajak masyarakat terus lantang melawan kepincangan dan tadbir urus negara terutamanya mengenai masalah rasuah.

“Kita kena derhaka, memberontak terhadap kejahatan-kejahatan besar yang berlaku kepada kehidupan kita, di Malaysia dan di dunia.

“Kalau kita tidak bangun, siapa yang akan menyelamatkan kita?” soal Kassim, bekas pemimpin Parti Sosialis Rakyat Malaysia (PSRM), yang kesal dengan senario politik dan ekonomi negara.

Bekas tahanan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) itu mendeklamasikan puisi tersebut di depan hampir 50 hadirin di sini dalam diskusi puisi terkenalnya “Sidang Roh” semalam. Read more

Citing justice, Shariah court says will wait for Federal Court’s decision on Kassim Ahmad

Source: The Malay Mail Online

In March 2014, Kassim was charged at the Shariah High Court in Putrajaya with insulting Islam and defying religious authorities at a seminar in February that was officiated by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. — File pic

In March 2014, Kassim was charged at the Shariah High Court in Putrajaya with insulting Islam and defying religious authorities at a seminar in February that was officiated by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. — File pic

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 22 — The Putrajaya Shariah court said today it will defer its ruling on whether to drop Muslim intellectual Kassim Ahmad’s charges of insulting Islam and defying religious authorities until a final decision by the Federal Court is reached.

Putrajaya Syariah High Court judge Azzeman Omar noted that both the civil High Court and Court of Appeal have given their respective decisions in Kassim’s case, with the former favouring Islamic prosecutors and the latter favouring Kassim, but the Federal Court has yet to dispose of the matter.

“Therefore, the court finds that all decisions made before this — whether in the High Court or Court of Appeal, there is no final decision yet.

“Therefore, for the sake of justice, the court postpones the decision until the case at the Federal Court is decided,” he said. Read more

Mahkamah putuskan penahanan, pendakwaan Kassim Ahmad tidak sah

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Tangkapan dan penahanan intelektual dan aktivis Islam Dr Kassim Ahmad yang dilakukan Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan pada 2013 adalah tidak sah, putus Mahkamah Rayuan hari ini. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 21 Disember, 2015.

Tangkapan dan penahanan intelektual dan aktivis Islam Dr Kassim Ahmad yang dilakukan Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan  (Jawi) pada 2013 adalah tidak sah, putus Mahkamah Rayuan hari ini.

Panel 3 orang hakim diketuai Vernon Ong Lam Kiat berkata, Jawi tidak mempunyai bidang kuasa terhadap Kassim yang menetap di Kedah.

“Kami mengarahkan penangkapan, penahanan dan pendakwaan terbatal dan kes dibuang,” katanya dalam membenarkan rayuan Kassim menentang keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi.

Panel hakim juga membenarkan hujah Mahkamah Tinggi Sivil mempunyai bidang kuasa yang lebih tinggi berbanding tribunal yang lebih rendah, termasuk Mahkamah Syariah dalam soal perundangan. Read more