17 July 2018
PRESS STATEMENT: PDRM must act immediately against offenders who send out death threats.
For the second time in as many days, Seri Delima assemblyman Syerleena Abdul Rashid has been a victim of threats of violence against her. Death threats and stalking victims are not laughing matter and PDRM must act immediately to discourage such cowardice and violent behaviour from becoming part of our culture.
Syerleena had lodged a report on Saturday over a Facebook poster calling her a traitor to Islam and that causing her death would not be a sin. This comes in response to another death threat found earlier last week (July 10) in her service centre mailbox.
Free speech does not extend to death treats as this is a serious crime that is meant to intimidate its victim and silence their voices.
I myself have received a number of death threats throughout my career, including a few that were also sent to members of my own family.
PDRM needs to start taking these threats seriously.
A death threat is an act of violence – plain and simple, and if the police do not quickly arrest those responsible and punish them accordingly then there is nothing preventing more of such acts from continuing. In this case, we see that a single death threat against Syerleena has inspired others to do the same.
The police must treat these threats as serious crimes and consider them as harmful, even if they are not carried out — or even intended to be carried out.
It is also timely to consider an Anti-Stalking Act, as what happened to Syerleena involves repeated non-consensual, written communication with implied threats, or a combination thereof, that are meant to intimidate.
As we advance in building democracy in Malaysia, we must never allow this dangerous behaviour to flourish in our society.
MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH
Member of Parliament
15 July 2018
‘IT’S OK TO ASSASSINATE SYERLEENA, HER BLOOD IS HALAL’ – DAP REP IN SHOCK AT FACEBOOK POSTERS ‘LEGALIZING’ HER MURDER
Hannah Yeoh Retweeted malaysiakini.com
Hannah Yeoh added,
Posters ‘legitimising’ Syerleena’s murder appear on Facebook
Seri Delima assemblyperson Syerleena Abdul Rashid is up in arms over malicious Facebook posters “legalising” (menghalalkan) her murder for allegedly betraying Islam and attacking its religious institutions.
One poster, which has gone viral on social media, bears the calls to violence: “Her blood is halal, and it is not a sin to kill her.”
Another poster states: “She betrayed Islam. She ought to be killed, because as a Muslim she is colluding with Chinese infidels (Cina kafir harbi) to attack Muslim institutions.”
Accompanying the poster is an image of her giving a speech, superimposed with the caption “I vow to attack Islamic institutions, especially Jakim (Islamic Development Department), for the sake of DAP.”
Syerleena had previously denied the claims which first surfaced last year, and re-emerged as she went on the 14th general election campaign trail.
According to the DAP lawmaker, the posters containing the threats appeared on the Facebook pages of users Yanz AB Rahman and Fitri AMRR.
A similar poster by a user named Khairul Anwar Ismail said: “I am on standby and I am just waiting for the siren to sound.”
“This is a clear death threat and a threat to my safety,” Syerleena said.
“The worst comment is on a Facebook post by one Ja Gmum, who uploaded the post on July 13, which has been shared more than 379 times.
11 July 2018