Friday 26 August 2011

Bar council wants probe into Jais-DUMC video leak

The Bar Council today called for an investigation into last week's leaking on the Internet of the video recording of the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department's (Jais) raid on dinner at a church hall in Petaling Jaya.

NONEIn a statement today, council president Lim Chee Wee (right) said that the leak on YouTube on Aug 16, which was and later tagged to pro-BN blogs, has breached Jais' investigation into claims of proselytising.

"While it is perhaps too early to pinpoint the source of the leak, the fact that the information has been disclosed in such a manner suggests that the investigations have been critically compromised and the information used for partisan purposes," Lim said.

The investigation into how such a leak had occurred should be a "critical element" of the Selangor government's hearing committee to resolve the controversy surrounding the search at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) compound on Aug 3.
Call to include non-Muslims in panel

According to Lim, besides the video, the leak of personal details of the 12 Muslims who had attended the dinner at DUMC on blogs and in the print media also contravened the right to privacy of the individuals concerned.

NONE"It has exposed the 12 individuals to unwarranted and unwelcome scrutiny, in total breach of their right to privacy," he said.

Further, Lim said, the hearing committee should also look into the proper jurisdiction of Jais, which in letters to the 12 individuals had purportedly relied on non-syariah-based enactments to justify the DUMC search.

"This raises serious questions as to whether Jais over-reached itself and exceeded the extent of its authority, and whether its act of incursion into DUMC lacked proper legal foundation," he said.

Lim also called for the membership of the committee be extended to representatives of non-Muslim religions in Selangor as it involved "the interplay between two religions".

The Selangor hearing committee is headed by Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, with Selangor mufti Mohd Tamyes Abdul Wahid and deputy mufti Abdul Majid Omar as members.

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