Hudud critics hit with rape and death threats

Hudud critics hit with rape and death threats

PETALING JAYA - The hudud issue has taken an ugly turn, with those who questioned Kelantan's move receiving menacing threats.

BFM journalist Aisyah Tajuddin received comments after a two-minute satire video in which she appeared as a presenter on the tabling of hudud laws in Kelantan went viral online.

Pictures of Aisyah were widely circulated on Facebook with users saying all sorts of nasty things and threatening harm against her.

BFM has since removed the video from its YouTube page.

The Centre for Inde­pendent Journalism (CIJ) wants the police to investigate rape and death threats against Aisyah.

The CIJ defended Aisyah's right to freedom of expression, saying that the passing of the state enactment on hudud had serious implications on the subject of debate, both among Muslims and non-Muslims.

"It is precisely this type of expression, which directly threatens the bodily integrity of another person, that can be legitimately restricted, according to our Constitution and international human rights standards," the CIJ said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Gerakan Youth deputy chief Andy Yong said he received threats following the party's filing of a legal case on hudud.

The originating summons, filed by Gerakan in a Kota Baru court two days ago, led some people to assume the party was trying to interfere with hudud law, he said.

Gerakan filed the summons for a declaration that the Syariah Criminal Code II 1993 was illegal.

"This is not our intention. The summons has nothing to do with religion at all," he said at a press conference yesterday. "It was filed to uphold the Federal Constitution."

Yong said he received the threat via a phone call at 6.05pm on Thursday.

Other party members had also received similar messages via their social media accounts, Yong said.

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