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Two Shia followers were arrested on August 5, 2013 by the Perak Islamic Religious Department. One of them is a woman who is a homeopathic practitioner. Her clinic in Taiping, Perak was raided by eight officers from the Perak Religious Council (JAIP) in which they seized various prayer books in her possession and then arrested her. She was then taken to a lock up facility in Pekan Baru, Perak. In the same locality, another Shia adherent, Mr Mohd Ridhuan Yusuf (51 years old) was also arrested and taken to the Ipoh Police Headquarters. It is reported by witnesses that the officers from JAIP initially were to launch an ambush at the local Shiite Hauzah which is a [Edited Out]te community centre. However after discovering that the premise was locked, they then headed to Ridhuan’s house nearby. The officers barged into his house and seized his collections of books. The detentions are clearly intolerable acts especially since Ms Azah (in the 40’s) is the mother of a 3 year old toddler in need of care. Furthermore with the fasting season coming to an end and with the Islamic festival of Eid around the corner, the timing of such an act by the authorities is highly questionable. The victims’ families are left to grapple with this arrest and related matters such as finding lawyers and raising the legal fees which is more difficult due to the festive season. Ethical and professional discretion by JAIP officers should have been the least among the many factors that should have been considered before engaging in such disgraceful conduct. They are suspected to be charge under Section 16 Sharia Criminal Law 1992 for defying Perak state’s fatwa on banning Shi’ism. If found guilty both will be fine RM3,000 and imprison for two years. This incident is a result of the continuous harassments by the authorities and public targeted towards the Shia community in Malaysia due to their religious believes. Over the past few months and even more so during this holy month of Ramadhan, the government, media and right wing Islamic organizations have intensified the demonization of Shias in Malaysia thus sowing the seeds of hatred and discrimination. This is just the beginning... After almost 2 weeks of media coverage on the "Shia threat" on TV, radio and newspapers, the government will be trying to show that it means business this time. http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/07/28/jamil-khir-those-practising-syiah-will-be-rejected/
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