G25 granted leave to challenge book ban

Source: The Star Online

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KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has granted the G25 group of eminent Malays leave to challenge the ban of its book, titled Breaking the Silence: Voices of Moderation – Islam in a Constitutional Democracy.

High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Kamaludin Md Said made the order in chambers in the presence of the parties on Tuesday.

Senior Federal Counsel Shamsul Bolhassan did not raise objections.

Counsel Datuk Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, who acted for G25, told reporters later that the court had allowed the leave for judicial review and fixed Jan 23 for case management.

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Women to march against ‘toxic’ and sexist politics on Sept 10

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 24 — Several of Malaysia’s most prominent women personalities are planning a city march on September 10 demanding an end to what they call a “rising tide” of toxic, violent and sexist politics in the country.

The walk is scheduled to start from Maju Junction to the Sogo shopping centre 350m away on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in the national capital from 5pm.

“We as the women of Malaysia are dismayed at the erosion of democracy in Malaysia, through acts of violence perpetrated at political events, media or online. As the authorities have failed to address the problem, we as the women of Malaysia are taking a stand against this harmful rise of toxic politics.

“What is more worrying is when a woman’s dignity and well-being can be sacrificed for the sake of politics and propaganda,” Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin, representing the women, told a news conference here at the launch of the event called “Women Against Toxic Politics”. Read more

G25 mulls legal action on book ban

Source: The Malaysian Insight 

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G25 is mulling to take legal action against the banning of its book on role of Islam in Malaysia by the Home Ministry if there is no explanation given on why the book is deemed prejudicial to public order.

Group spokesperson Noor Farida Ariffin said in an interview with business radio station BFM earlier today that the ban did not make any sense as they had never heard of any incident of public disorder or rioting caused by the book.

The book, ‘Breaking the Silence: Voices of Moderation – Islam in a Constitutional Democracy’, which was launched by Razaleigh Hamzah, had been on the market for the last one and a half years, Noor Farida said. Read more

Siasat Noor Farida cetuskan lebih banyak bahaya, kata aktivis perundangan

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Penyelaras Kempen Lawyers for Liberty Michelle Yesudas (dua dari kiri) berkata, tindakan polis menyiasat Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin berbanding bertindak ke atas lelaki yang mengancam beliau sebagai sangat ‘memalukan’. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 18 Disember, 2015.

Tindakan polis menyiasat Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin kerana menghasut tetapi tidak bertindak ke atas lelaki yang memberikan ancaman rogol kepadanya, hanya akan membuka pintu kepada lebih banyak ancaman dan gangguan terhadap jurucakap G25 itu, kata kumpulan peguam hak asasi Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) hari ini.

Kumpulan itu berkata, sangat “memalukan” apabila polis menyiasat tokoh terkemuka orang Melayu itu kerana kenyataan dikeluarkannya berbanding ugutan rogol oleh pengguna Facebook bernama Shahrul Nizam Ab Rahim.

“Keputusan pihak berkuasa menyiasat Noor Farida berkenaan kenyataannya berbanding ugutan serangan seksual Shahrul Nizam, sangat mengejutkan serta memperlekehkan idea (yang sering kali dilaungkan kerajaan) yang Akta Hasutan ‘diperlukan’ untuk melindungi keamanan dan kesejahteraan negara ini.

“Ini kerana siasatan itu kini boleh digunakan pengkritiknya untuk ‘menghalalkan’ kempen awam yang mengganggu dan mengancam beliau,” kata penyelaras kempen LFL Michelle Yesudas dalam 1 kenyataan hari ini. Read more

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