Teresa’s denials were to no avail, Khir Toyo relentlessly kept slandering, villifying and demonising Teresa giving some Malays the perception that she was a racist and anti Islam supported by Satim and Zaini Hassan. Knowing very well that Muslims hold Islam dearly in their hearts, they exploited this to the max and resorted to religious or ethnic posturing to further their narrow political and racist agenda at the expense of peace and security.
At one point, Teresa was so upset with the way UMNO and Utusan was playing up the issue that she resigned herself to God, and prayed that retribution will come some day soon. She expressed her sadness and emotional turmoil by her posting below:
Perbuatan UMNO Selangor Sangatlah Keji
Saya amat menghormati orang Islam yang berpuasa dan berpegang kuat ke atas ajaran agama mereka. Saya selalunya berdoa bersama dengan rakan kerja yang beragama Islam apabila membuat doa Al-Fatihah sebelum bermulanya mesyuarat dan sebelum makan, kerana saya juga percaya pada Tuhan yang Maha Kuasa dan Pencipta kita yang mengadili kita dalam dunia ini dan pada Hari Akhirat.
Peribahasa yang selalu digunakan oleh Orang Cina ialah “Tuhan ada mata”. Saya percaya Tuhan yang maha kuasa ini tengah melihat dan memantau apa yang berlaku pada kita semua. Saya juga percaya balasan dan hukuman Tuhan tentu akan dijatuhkan ke atas mereka yang tidak bertanggungjawab dan orang yang bohong.
Adalah lebih baik bagi Satim dan Khir Toyo untuk insaf dan bertaubat dalam bulan yang suci ini!!” – Sept. 10
Meanwhile the mosque committees in both areas have endorsed YB Teresa Kok’s denial with the Masjid Kota Damansara officials explaining that a damaged ampliflier had resulted in the calls to prayer to be made without the aid of a PA system while Masjid Kinrara mosque committee said Teresa had never set foot in Masjid Kinrara and was not involved in the azan petition issue in the area.
Masjid Kinrara, the mosque which is embroiled in an azan controversy, said DAP parliamentarian Teresa Kok was not involved in the petition to lower the volume of its loudspeakers.
According to Abdul Rahman Nasir (left), who is head of the mosque committee, Kok had never set foot in Masjid Kinrara to present the residents’ petition; and
They clarified that it was a damaged amplifier that resulted in the calls to prayers to be made without the aid of a PA system.
Secretary of the three-week-old mosque Ahmad Redzuan Samsudin said a police report was lodged on Wednesday against former Selangor menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo for claiming pressure from non-Muslims and a state exco-backed petition had forced them to stop making the azan through the loudspeaker.
“Last Saturday (Aug 30), lightning during a thunderstorm had struck and damaged the PA system. Thereafter, we borrowed equipment from the SMK Kota Damansara in Section 10, but problems with the wiring further delayed us from sounding the azans through the loudspeaker.
“There was no pressure from non-Muslims,” said Redzuan when contacted.
The police report, lodged by mosque head Hassan Basri alias Basri Mohd at the Kota Damansara police station, quotes the latter as saying: “I see all of this as slander and an attempt to give rise to prejudice among the various races in Kota Damansara, an act of provocation to divide the community.”
A day after her denial was published in Utusan Malaysia ( Isu azan: Teresa nafi larang KUTIPAN UTUSAN MALAYSIA ONLINE 11hb Sept 2008), DAP MP for Seputeh YB Teresa Kok Suh Sim was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) on Friday, 12th September 2008 at 11.18 pm like a common criminal on her return to her Kuala Lumpur condominium at the condo entrance as if she is a Malaysian version of Osama bin Laden posing a grave threat to the security and stability of Malaysia.
According to a notice by Special Branch police, Selangor Govt Senior Exco Member Teresa Kok was arrested under the Internal Security Act yesterday evening for allegedly causing tension and conflict among races. The notice stated that Kok, 43, had acted in a way which threatened national security, which warranted arrest under Section 73(1) of the ISA.
It added that the Seputeh member of parliament had become a national threat by being involved in “activities which can cause tension and conflict among races and religion”.
It is as clear as daylight that YB Teresa Kok’s detention was founded on completely baseless and non-existing grounds. Home Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar has said that YB Teresa Kok was detained under the ISA as she had questioned the sensitive issues such as the azan (call for prayers for Muslims) and that could cause ill-will and disharmony. This is a complete frame-up as there is substantive and conclusive proof that Teresa Kok had not been involved in any azan controversy.
Teresa Kok was detained based on a lie, a lie perpetrated by Khir Toyol, Satim Diman and supported by Utusan’s Zaini Hassan and some racist blogggers/commentators on some fascist websites.
The police has no basis whatsoever therefore to detain YB Teresa Kok under the ISA for the baseless and non-existent grounds linking her to any azan controversy, as the police should have all the information to show that there is no basis for the azan allegation against YB Teresa Kok 24 hours before she was detained under the ISA. WHY didn’t the police conduct a more professional investigation on the “Azan” issue BEFORE slapping the ISA on Teresa Kok who is, by all accounts, innocent of the allegations by Khir Toyo and Zaini Hassan of Utusan Malaysia?
Yet to date no action seems to have been taken against the former Selangor menteri besar Khir Toyo who lost his seat and his government in the March 8 general election.
It was he who made the allegations against her which were reported in a vernacular newspaper. Should he not be investigated for the offence of false news under Section 8(A) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 if not detained under the ISA?
The newspaper which originally published the news too may have committed the same offence. It is learnt that a police report has been lodged against Khir Toyo. What is the state of the investigations? Why detain Teresa Kok in the interim.
The Muslims Professionals Forum did right when they came out and hit out strongly against the recent arrests as below:
PRESS RELEASE – ISA ARRESTS
“… It is clear to all that the arrests of MP Theresa Kok and journalist Tan Hoon Cheng are COMPLETELY WITHOUT justification.
In the “Puchong Azan Issue”, MP Theresa Kok was arrested over what is clearly a FALSE allegation.
We urge the authorities to immediately release the two and bring to book those responsible for fomenting racial and religious hatred
The use of the ISA is excessive, inhumane and runs counter to Islam’s principles of justice..”
I think Teresa’s mum concludes this article best as she describes the ordeal that Teresa is undergoing right now, languishing in prison all because of a lie.
“I hope she can regain her freedom and come out as soon as possible and continue to live an ordinary life, instead of being detained in a cage like a dog. They locked her up once she walked into that room, which is only 6′ x 8′. She is not allowed to read newspaper or any other reading material. She lost all her freedom!
“I feel so sad. Yes they gave her three meals a day, but the food is bad! She had diarrhea this morning, and her blood pressure plunged!
“Her dad did not notice it, but she was so pale when we met her. It pains me seeing her like that. I never expected that my daughter, who spend 2/3 of her time a day servicing the people, fighting for the people’s interest and right, can end up like this.
“This Bahasa Malaysia newspaper purposely defamed her, twisted the facts just to get her into trouble, to victimize her.
“I can only encourage her. I told her we are people who believe in God. Bible told us those who are victimize because they fight for justice are the blessed people. Such people are children of God. I encourage her with these words. I told her not to give up but keep on praying.” – End
Footnote: If any Special Branch Officers are reading this article (Parts 1-3), I sincerely and humbly appeal as one Anak Bangsa Malaysia to another, to release Teresa, immediately and unconditionally. She is truly innocent.
KENYATAAN NAZIR MASJID KOTA DAMANSARA
Adalah saya selaku nazir Masjid Kota Damansara dan jawatankuasa ingin merujuk kepada isu larangan penggunaan azan oleh orang bukan islam yang kononnya didalangi oleh Teresa Kok @ DAP seperti yang diwar oleh Melayu Net dalam laman ini dan juga kenyataan Bekas Menteri Besar Selangor (Khir Toyo) dalam Utusan Malaysia bertarikh 9.9.2008.
Pihak jawatankuasa masjid melihat isu yang sengaja ditimbulkan oleh pihak yang kecewa ini berniat jahat, fitnah dan cuba menimbulkan suasana tidak harmonis dan prajudis dikalangan pelbagai bangsa di Kota Damansara.
Adalah amat malang lagi dangkal seorang bekas Menteri Besar (Khir Toyo) boleh mengutip khabar angin (berita sampah) lalu bersedia untuk menjadi jaguh mempertahankan islam. Walhal sejarah telah terpahat tentang isu menutup surau, menangkap penceramah, mengadakan pelbagai sekatan terhadap perkembangan syiar islam, zakat dijadikan senjata mengugut pelajar Al-azhar yang tidak sehaluan (banyak lagi) sewaktu beliau berkuasa di Selangor dulu.
Sebenarnya apa yang berlaku bukan atas tekanan dan bantahan oleh orang bukan islam, tetapi sistem pembesar suara masjid dalam proses ujian oleh pihak kontraktor. Untuk makluman semua Masjid Kota Damansara baru 2 minggu digunakan. Sudah pasti terdapat kekurangan dan kelemahan disana sini. Masih dalam jaminan pihak kontraktor selama setahun. Disamping itu, berlaku masalah elektrikal pada pembesar suara ekoran masalah cuaca baru-baru ini.
Bagi mengatasi untuk tujuan kuliah, tarawikh, tazkirah dsbnya, pihak masjid berterima kasih kepada Pengurusan Sekolah Menengah Seksyen 10 Kota Damansara yang bersedia meminjamkan PA Sistemnya. dan telah digunakan dengan sempurna. Insya-Allah sistem pembesar suara masjid dalam proses pembaikan dan dijangka siap pada hari ini (9.9.2008) mengikut janji kontraktor. Namun untuk mengatakan azan tidak kedengaran langsung adalah satu pembohongan kerana pihak masjid menyambug sistem tersebut ke menara.
Justeri itu, pihak masjid meminta Melayu net dan pihak berkenaan memohon maaf diatas fitnah jahat tersebut yang menyebabkan timbul sipa prajudis dikalangan umat islam KOta Damansara.
US HAJI HASSAN BASRI @ BASRI MOHD
MASJID KOTA DAMANSARA