June 29, 2018
Few people have the social conscience of Siti Kasim. When she helps you, she literally opens the doors to her home for you, even gives you her spare mobile phone and her own money.
In another case, she actually put her life on the line by protecting the Orang Asal of Gua Musang against the PAS state government.
She is a modern-day hero and the nation is blessed to have her. This is why I say what happened to Siti and her client, Anis Nur Izzaty Ruslan, last week is a terrible travesty of justice.
Some months before, Anis had reached out to Siti over fears of a “domineering” mother. Subsequently she moved out and found a job.
In the meantime, the mother lodged several police reports about Anis’ mental state and told the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) her concerns about her daughter’s faith.
It is not acceptable how one can simply invoke the authority of the religious department and have them intervene!
It would have been bad enough if it was an accurate complaint. Who has the right to measure deviance? Even scholars from the official Sunni school have accused each other of deviance, that too on trivial matters.
What right have they to investigate anyone’s faith or lack of?
Can Malaysia Baru accept this flagrant transgression of human rights? Despite the tweets to him, the prime minister has been conspicuously silent.