‘The Islamists are out to get me’: Lawyer and activist Siti Kasim makes bold claim against senior Selangor officer

Siti Kasim via Facebook
Siti Kasim via Facebook

Issuing a press statement via her personal Facebook account last night, lawyer and activist Siti Kasim is claiming that an Officer-in-Charge of Criminal Investigations (OCCI) from Selangor state has been on a dedicated campaign to put her behind bars, going as far as giving his name as Fazil.

Referring to him as “an Islamist who hates [her] guts,” she added that police are currently pursuing criminal charges against for an incident that occurred nearly three years ago, where she flipped the middle finger at a crowd of rabble-rousers who out, supporting a PAS forum seeking to strengthen Sharia laws.

PRESS STATEMENT – THE PERSECUTION OF SITI KASIMToday, 7th Feb 2019, I received a phone call from a very nice…

Siti Kasim 发布于 2019年2月7日周四

According to her post, she received a phone call from a “a very nice Inspector” who informed her of the police’s intent to charge her under Section 509 of the Penal Code, pertaining to the use of her “flipping the bird” with intent to insult the modesty of the crowd of hecklers present.

Unbeknownst to her at the time, the entire incident was recorded via mobile phone, and later got posted to social media, where it went viral.

Elaborating on OCCI Fadzil’s alleged role in persecuting her, she writes that sources have revealed to her that he was behind a raid on her home last year that saw her charged with kidnapping, something she calls “ridiculous” and “mind-blowing.” At the time, one of her clients, a 24-year-old woman Anis Nur Izzaty Ruslan, had taken shelter at Siti’s home, claiming that she had been suffering abuse perpetrated by her mother.

Siti Kasim has said that subsequent follow-up investigations by the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission was unsatisfactory, claiming that her client was still being harassed by religious authorities. Ms. Kasim was later charged with obstructing a pubic official from carrying out their duties during the raid on her home.

Pointing a manicured finger at a cabal of nefarious Islamofascists, Siti says that “the Islamists are out to get me, by hook, or by crook.”

As more conservative, religious powers jockey for a political pole position, Siti’s brand of outspoken calls for “protecting Malaysian’s rights” have made headlines over the years — from the encroachment of Sharia laws, to the persecution of transgender citizens, to the side-lining of the native Orang Asli communities, she is never one to shy away from stating her unfiltered opinions.

Now, she is taking aim at the Attorney General’s office, asking how in a new Malaysia, they can allow for such a frivolous charge to take precedent over other more serious matters.

“What is next? Am I going to disappear like Pastor Koh or Amri Che Mat?,” referring to two activists who went missing two years ago, and have not been heard from since. Police say they have no new leads in the cases.

“This country cannot be allowed to be run by people like Skuad Badar or Islamist Gestapo in uniforms, hiding behind draconian laws that need to be abolished. ” she concludes. “The persecution of citizens who fight for a just and fair Malaysia for ALL Malaysians must end now.

“Believe me, I will fight this to the very end. Islamofascists are not going to shake me. You are making me stronger.”

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