SHAH ALAM, Sept 9
(Bernama) -- Six people who took part in the "cow's head" demonstration
in front of the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah building here last
month were charged with sedition in the Sessions Court here on
They are Ahmad Mahayuddin Abd Manaf, 36, Ibrahim Sabri, 43, Eyzva
Ezhar Ramly, 31, Mohd Azmir Mohd Zain, 35, Ahmad Suhairy Zakaria, 30,
and Mohd Hilmi Ni, 40.
They pleaded not guilty and asked to be tried when the charges were read out to them separately before Judge Hasbi Hasan.
Ibrahim and Ahmad Mahayuddin are charged with stepping on the
cow's head, Eyzva Ezhar with bringing the cow's head, while Mohd Azmir,
Ahmad Suhairy and Mohd Hilmi, with bringing the cow's head and stepping
on it in the illegal assembly.
They are charged with committing the offences at about 2.25pm on
Aug 28, and face a maximum fine of RM5,000 or up to three years in jail
or both upon conviction under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948.
They also face an alternative charge of wounding the feelings of Hindus by bringing the cow's head and stepping on it.
They pleaded not guilty to the charge under Section 298 of the Penal Code which carries up to a year's jail, a fine, of both.
Ahmad Mahayuddin and Ibrahim are the chairman and deputy chairman
respectively of Section 23 residents' committee who objected to the
move by the Selangor government to relocate a temple from Section 19 to
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar requested that the accused be released on RM15,000 bail each with one surety.
Lawyer Datuk Salehuddin Saidin, representing the accused, however
objected to it, saying the amount was too high and would be a burden to
all the accused.
He also said that his clients had given their cooperation to the
police and that they had no intention of wounding the religion of
He requested that the court fix a bail of RM500 each but Mohd
Dusuki objected, saying that the amount was not appropriate for such a
case which received wide media coverage, numerous police reports and
involved public interest.
Salehuddin objected and said that the accused should not be punished based on media coverage.
Hasbi later set a bail of RM4,000 each with one surety and fixed Oct 21 for the mention.
Ahmad Mahayuddin, Ibrahim, Eyzva Ezhar, Mohd Azmir, Ahmad Suhairy
and Mohd Hilmi were later brought to the Magistrate's Court along with
six others to face a charge of participating in an illegal assembly at
the same place and time.
They are Jainudin @ Zainudin Md Yusuff, 67, Mohd Jurit Ramli, 39,
Mohammad Nordin Zakaria, 63, Jamil Mohamad Isa, 40, Rahimuddin Md
Harun, 39 and Azhari Shaari, 39.
They are charged under Section 27(5)(a) of the Police Act 1967 and
face a fine of between RM2,000 and RM10,000 or a year's jail upon
Magistrate Norkamilah Aziz later released Ahmad Mahayuddin,
Ibrahim, Eyzva Ezhar, Mohd Azmir, Ahmad Suhairy and Mohd Hilmi on a
RM300 bail each with one surety, and the other six on a RM500 bail with
They posted the bail. The court fixed Oct 21 for the mention.
Published: Wednesday September 9, 2009 MYT 2:51:00 PM
Cow head demo: Cops asked to investigate rape threat against rep
By LOH FOON FONG
Women's and civil society groups want police to investigate the rape
threat uttered against Batu Tiga state assemblyman Rodziah Ismail
during a dialogue initiated by the Selangor state government to resolve
the Hindu temple relocation issue in Shah Alam. The Federal Territory PKR Wanita chief Felicia Ling said they condemned those who allegedly said, “Rodziah, saya akan rogol you sekarang
(Rodziah, I will rape you now)” during the meeting on Sept 5. Ling
said that the police’s delay in taking action against the instigators
late last month had resulted in another unruly incident. On Aug
28, certain Shah Alam residents protesting the relocation of a Hindu
temple to their neighbourhood dragged the decapitated head of a cow,
then stamped and spat on it. The cow is considered sacred by Hindus. Police did not take action at the time, but after public pressure arrested some of those involved on Tuesday. They were charged in court
on Wednesday. To
try and resolve the temple relocation matter, the Selangor government
held a dialogue with residents last Saturday. However, the situation
turned tense when some of the participants became disruptive and
abusive. Honey Tan, a member of women’s group Empower, said that violence defeats the democratic process. “When they do that, it makes it more difficult for women to be in politics and to hold office,” she said. Tan said the threat could only be described as gender-based violence because it was targeted specifically at women. The
threatening words were tantamount to criminal intimidation and those
who heard it must make police reports as part of their civic duty and
the police should investigate it, she said. Women’s Candidacy
Initiative (WCI) member Jac Kee said the WCI rejected such tactics and
behaviour in a democratic country, and those involved must be charged. “The
creation of spaces and processes for open dialogue is a key principle
of democratic participation, and these individuals aimed to shut down
dialogue and push for decision-making in their favour through
intimidation, aggression and threats of violence,” she said. She
said Malaysians were fighting to eliminate rape and the threat uttered
not only disregarded the national issue but perpetuated a culture of
sexism, fear and violence in a democratic system. “This presents
further barriers to women’s political participation and does great harm
to the inviolability of our country’s democracy,” she said. Sisters
in Islam executive director Dr Hamidah Marican also urged the police to
take action against the “hotheads” to prevent a downward spiral into
possible conflict and violence. “It is appalling that we have lost the ability to engage rationally, civilly and peacefully to resolve a problem,” she said. “Use
wisdom and beautiful preaching; and argue with them in ways that are
best and most gracious,” she said on how the Quran has explicit
guidance on how to handle differences. “It is a disgrace to the community that such threats were made in the name of race and religion,” she said. Women’s
Aid Organisation executive director Ivy Josiah said that women
politicians tend to face such threats and they had to be taken
seriously. Although there was no police report made, the police
should investigate the incident because they are an independent force
that upholds peace, she added.******
Section 23 residents accept alternate temple site
By Neville Spykerman, themalaysianinsider.com
of the protestors charged today remains defiant even as his neighbours
voice their approval over the new temple site. — Picture by Jack Ooi
ALAM, Sept 9 — Malay-Muslim residents of Section 23 here who had
opposed the relocation of a Hindu temple to their housing estate today
said they have no objections to another alternative site being proposed
by the state government.
Resident Sharel Mohamad Nor said that although the new site is also
in Section 23, it was acceptable because it was located further away at
an industrial area.
According to him the new site was 800m from the closest house.
Sharel, who is a member of the Section 23 Action Committee formed to
oppose the relocation of the 150-year-old Sri Mariamman temple, said he
hopes the temple committee would accept the new site.
The temple, which is now in Section 19, was once part of the Sungai
Renggam rubber estate. Over the years the Selangor Development
Corporation (PKNS) had developed the area around the temple for
residential homes. No provisions were made for the temple which is now
located in the middle of a Muslim majority area.
On August 28, a group of 50 people marched to the state secretariat
with a severed cow’s head to demonstrate their objection to the
relocation of the temple to their neighbourhood.
The incident resulted in widespread condemnation of the group because cows are sacred to Hindus.
“I hope the Indian committee who had lodged police reports will also withdraw them, so this matter can be settled,” said Sharel.
He said both Muslim and Indians were still living harmoniously
together in Section 23 but admitted their ties had “chilled” because of
According to Sharel, an event was being planned where both communities could gather to mend fences.
Six residents today claimed trial to charges of sedition and illegal
assembly while another six were charged with illegal assembly over the
Sharel was in court to support those being charged.
With him today was Ramzi Ramli, a committee member of the pressure
group, who confirmed that the new site was acceptable to Muslim
residents of Section 23.
However, he said they would not disband the Action Committee until
the state government confirms the empty lot next to the Nitto Denko
factory really is the alternative site for the temple.
Ramzi today said he was surprised that bail was set at RM4,000 for
the six protesters who were charged with sedition, in the Sessions
Additionally, RM300 was set as bail in the magistrate court, where they were also charged with illegal assembly.
Meanwhile, bail was set at RM500 for the other six protesters who were charged solely with illegal assembly.
Ramzi said residents had to pass the hat around for donations to help those charged to make bail.