Sep 17, 2008


Muslims groups and the highly regarded Mufti of Perlis (A Mufti is the highest appointed Islamic official in a state) have spoken out against the detention under the Internal Security Act (ISA), saying that religious issues were best dealt with by the religious authorities.

Two mosques have also come out on behalf of jailed opposition MP Teresa Kok, saying that she had no role and was not involved to ask them to tone down the call to prayer. Malaysiakini reported that the mosque committee leaders of Seri Serdang and Kota Damansara in Selangor have come forward to say that it was not Ms Kok who told them to tone down the volume of their loudspeakers. They said she had never set foot in the Mosque and the other Mosque stopped using loudspeakers because the system was struck by lightning.

Perlis Mufti Asri Zainul Abidin criticized the arrest of Raja Petra, Teresa Kok and Tan Hoon Cheng. "Disallowing a person the opportunity to defend himself is wrong" he told The Star on Monday.

The Muslims Professionals Forum said the authorities should counter any anti-islam arguments, and only "in the extreme, the authorities may take someone to the Syariah court". The use of the ISA is excessive, inhumane and runs counter to islam's principle of justice" it said.

One of the biggest local Muslim groups, Petubuhan Jemaah Islah Malaysia (JIM) called on the government to release Raja Petra and Teresa Kok. "The act of throwing accusations without any proof is "HARAM" from the point of Islamic Law", said JIM deputy president Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh.


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