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    Religion: Kassim Ahmad picked up over statements on Islam

    When petty bureaucrats have too much time on their hands and nothing better to do, they must create trouble for the Rakyat (work) to justify their existence.

    Published: Wednesday March 26, 2014 MYT 9:50:00 PM
    Updated: Wednesday March 26, 2014 MYT 10:15:58 PM

    Kassim Ahmad picked up over statements on Islam


    Kassim was detained at his house in Kulim. - Bernama




    KULIM: A former political and social activist was picked up from his house in Taman Kulim Perdana here over statements made during a seminar in Putrajaya recently.

    Dr Kassim Ahmad, 81, was detained by enforcement personnel from the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) and Department of Islamic Development Malaysia at 12.30pm on Thursday.

    He was detained after an arrest warrant was issued against him by Jawi under Section 9 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act for disrespecting religious authorities.

    Dr Kassim, who was accompanied by his wife, was then brought to the Kulim district police headquarters to have his statement recorded.

    Kassim, who once headed the opposition party Parti Sosialis Rakyat Malaysia, sparked a controversy during a seminar in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 15 and Feb 16 when he allegedly uttered statements that might mislead Muslims.

    His former colleague Selangor state Senator Dr Syed Husin Ali criticised the action, saying "This is not the way to treat an old man who is unhealthy. The authorities could easily have asked him to come in to answer their questions."
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    Scholar Kassim Ahmad to be charged in court today for insulting Islam – Bernama

    MARCH 27, 2014

    Former political and social activist Dr Kassim Ahmad (pic) will be charged at the Shariah Court in Putrajaya today for two offences under the Shariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997.


    Paimuzi Yahya, director of the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi), when contacted said the two offences were insulting Islam and violating the fatwa.


    He said the first offence on Kassim was under Section 7 of the Shariah Criminal Act for allegedly uttering statements that might mislead Muslims, while the second offence is under Section 9 of the same act for violating fatwa or disrespecting religious authorities.



    The charges against Kassim were over controversial statements he made at "The Thoughts of Kassim Ahmad: A Review", a seminar recently organised by the Perdana Leadership Foundation, of which former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the patron.


    Paimuzi confirmed the arrest was done at Kassim's home in Taman Kulim Perdana, Kulim Golf Club, near Kulim, Kedah, at about 12.30pm yesterday. – Bernama, March 27, 2014.
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    Marina Mahathir choked up over Kassim's case

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    Activist Marina Mahathir today expressed unhappiness over the arrest and charging of controversial scholar Kassim Ahmad at the Syariah High Court in Putrajaya today.

    Kassim, 81 (centre in photo), was arrested by the Federal Territories Islamic Affairs Department (Jawi) yesterday and is facing two charges, over his views on the hadith (words and actions of Prophet Muhammad).

    “Why did they (Jawi) interrogate an old man (Kassim) like him until 4am? Apparently so they could remand him for a week. I think this is unnecessary,” she said when met at the Syariah Court.

    The red-eyed Marina, whose voice was trembling during the interview, also appeared to be choked up over the arrest.

    The daughter of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrived at the court complex at about 11.40am when Kassim's friends were unable to post bail of RM3,000.

    Syariah Court judge Umammuddin Yunus had set a condition that bail must be posted by a resident of the Federal Territories.

    Kassim was charged under Section 7(b) of the Syariah Offences Act (Federal Territories) 1997, over statements he made at an event officially opened by Mahathir on Feb 16, for insulting Islam.

    He also faces charges under Section 9 of the same Act over his banned books Hadis: Satu Penilaian Semula (Hadith: A Review) and Hadis: Jawapan Kepada Pengkritik (Hadith: A Reply to Critics).

    Kassim Ahmad claims trial to two charges
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