ISA according to JIM

A Muslim NGO, Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM), has issued a press statement regarding the recent ISA detention of blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, politician Teresa Kok and (the now freed) reporter Tan Hoon Cheng that serves to remind us all that Islam does not condone detention without trial as it is unjust.

Below is a news report of this statement that was extracted from the organisation’s website.

 

Monday September 15, 2008 MYT 1:10:10 PM
Muslim NGO: Use of ISA is ‘un-Islamic’

PETALING JAYA: A Muslim non-governmental organisation, Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM), has lashed out against the use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) against three individuals, saying it was “un-Islamic.”

In a statement, JIM also said that the arrest of Seputeh MP Teresa Kok was an “injustice as she has already vehemently denied former Selangor Mentri Besar’s (Datuk Seri Dr Khir Toyo) allegations against her.”

Even the mosque in Damansara, which Kok supposedly asked to reduce the volume of its azan call to prayer, has denied the allegations.

It explained that the reason for the softer call to prayer was because it was facing a technical problem with its loudspeakers, JIM deputy president Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh said in a statement.

Stressing that JIM was against detention without trial, Syed Ibrahim called for the immediate release of Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamarudin and Kok, who is also Selangor senior state executive councillor.

Sin Chew Daily reporter Tan Hoon Cheng, who was also arrested under the ISA last Friday, was released a day later.

“We are against detention without trial. The ISA goes against the principles of justice as those arrested are denied the right of being ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ denied the right of defence, rights to a lawyer and can be held forever without being brought to court.

“Accusing without evidence is an action considered haram (illegitimate) under Syariah (Muslim law).

“Arresting a blogger, reporter and a critic of government policies without concrete evidence only creates doubts among the people on the government’s sincerity and motive in bringing change after the general election,” he said, adding that anyone with evidence of Islam being insulted should step forward and give a comprehensive explanation.

Syed Ibrahim also criticised Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar’s reasoning that Tan was arrested for her own safety, calling it “unreasonable.”

“Her arrest makes it seem as if she was responsible for the Ahmad Ismail controversy. This is not right as it was Ahmad Ismail and his followers who purportedly stoked racial sentiments,” he added.

To be sure, there are also other voices critical of the ISA coming from certain Muslim groups and individuals such as the Mufti of Perlis, SIS and ABIM.

And for a glimpse of the plight experienced by wives of ISA detainees, see here for instance.

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10 Responses to “ISA according to JIM”


  1. 1 Patricia 17 September 2008 at 9:16 am

    A very necessary posting. Thank you, Mustafa.

    It does us good, at a time like this, to know that there are sane people out there. JIM’s voice of reason rekindles my belief that we will come out of this united, and stronger.

    I am so proud to see the way that we are reacting to all that is happening around us. No mad chest thumping. No railing and ranting. The most ‘radical’ amongst us simply lit candles!

    Since March 8, I am seeing proof-positive that we have grown into a mature and inteligent people – tenacious in our quest for change.

    Syabas, my fellow Malaysians.

    Pat

  2. 2 candles 17 September 2008 at 10:05 am

    Pat must be aware that lighting candle in public place is an offense harassable by police. Just ask one prominent blogger. Sometime ago, this blogger was ‘detained’ briefly by police for lighting candle in Merdeka Square.

    I wonder how many got arrested for lighting candles during the moon cake festival.

  3. 3 mustafakanuar 17 September 2008 at 10:06 am

    Hi Pat,

    It may interest you that the Perlis Mufti too, among others, has come out with a statement that is critical of the government’s use of the ISA. See here: http://drmaza.com/home/?p=426#more-426.

  4. 4 jungleboy 17 September 2008 at 10:43 am

    Do you believe those idiots are truly knowledgeable Muslim? Their slanderous behavior is totally against Islam. Though not a Muslim myself, I think that Islamic law will be better for the country, only if the non-Muslims were made aware that we will not be victimised and that we are free to practice our own religion and that we will not be charged in Syariah court.

  5. 5 yong 17 September 2008 at 10:48 am

    Thank you Mustafa

    We as non-Muslims finally know one thing, UMNO members do something Haram for over 30 years though they call themselves as faithful Muslims.

    The PM said he is not dictator, but I wonder…

  6. 6 chris chong 17 September 2008 at 11:07 am

    yes, to defend the truth, justice and islam – is every muslim’s duty.

  7. 7 oracle speak 17 September 2008 at 1:25 pm

    No non-Muslims in their right mind will ever question the ‘azan’ call by mosques and suraus. We grew up in Malaysia where everyone of us is so used to the ‘azan’ call that it has become part of everyday life. Teresa Kok is a well respecteted MP and is definitely of sound mind, so it is ludicrous for anyone to accuse her as such.
    It therefore means that only a person of unsound mind will frame such a false charge against her.
    It’s good to hear a Muslim NGO speaking out for justice and truth. May GOD bless you, Tuan Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh.

  8. 8 mangsa ISA 17 September 2008 at 1:52 pm

    My husband has been detained under ISA for more than 6 years!!!
    For more, visit my blog http://lailagmi.blogspot.com

  9. 9 Samuel Goh Kim Eng 17 September 2008 at 4:10 pm

    It’s refreshing to hear those speaking true and true
    Giving hope for more enlightened future breakthroughs
    If only all people can be totally honest and truthful
    Then there’ll be great opportunities for life bountiful

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 170908
    http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
    Wed. 17th Sept. 2008.

  10. 10 Antares 17 September 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Badawi & Najib seem to have sandbagged themselves behind the BN brand name, simply because they happen to share the same initials. “Can’t you see?” they seem to be saying, “BN belongs to both of us because I am B and my deputy is N!” We are witnessing the final days of these old guard Umno warlords …….. pathetic as they slide into incurable dementia, babbling denials all the way to oblivion. However, they (may) attempt a last, desperate act……

    This is undoubtedly the most serious crisis ever in our nation’s political history. It’s even worse than 1969 because in those days the vast majority of Malaysians were politically naive and grossly underinformed…..

    People, do not weaken your resolve now. Rather, let us wholeheartedly focus on CHANGE NOW! Not in 2012 or 2013…. that would spell doom for all truth-loving freedom-fighters in the land… indeed, everybody you know who cherishes free speech! The only ones left unscathed would be BN apologists…..!

    At this juncture, Badawi has spurned Anwar’s gracious offer of a gentlemanly powwow over a peaceful transition. Instead, the Umno warlords are rushing for their ultimate weapons. It’s (possible) that Mahathir will seize this opportunity to insert Mukhriz into a position of power, with the help of Ku Li and Muhyuddin. There (could) be total chaos in Umno, (which could) endanger the stability of the entire country. Surely, the Yang di Pertuan Agong and all the other monarchs are aware of what’s going on…. I believe that by early next week Anwar may have many defectors, more than enough to form a strong government. Unfortunately, several (could be) in Macau, en route home from Taiwan – and a few others (could be) terrified of the ISA if they show their hands prematurely.

    The next few days will determine the fate of Malaysia.


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