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No rape ‘threat’, just ‘freedom of speech’, says man

 | December 23, 2015

Sharul Nizam Ab Rahim says the brouhaha surrounding his alleged rape threat against Noor Farida of G25 is simply the people's "failure to grasp the Malay language."

Noor Farida Ariffin

PETALING JAYA: The man who allegedly threatened rape against G25 spokesperson Noor Farida Ariffin, has justified his deed, saying he was only practising his freedom of speech.

Sharul Nizam Ab Rahim told The Malaysian Insider in a WhatsApp conversation that his post against Noor Farida had been misconstrued due to a “failure to grasp the Malay language.”

“I never used the word ‘rape’ in my posting.

“Those who know me will also know that I was being sarcastic and not serious. But the post has been taken down due to many reports against it,” said the animal rescuer.

According to the portal, Sharul’s Facebook postings were often peppered with crude language resulting in him having been banned from the social networking site almost on a monthly basis – something which he likened to “a woman on her period.”

“My writing is always regarded as giving mental or emotional pain towards someone else,” he admitted.

The 36-year-old is being probed by the police for his threat against Farida, following her call to review Shariah laws on khalwat (close proximity). He said he had engaged a lawyer to represent him.

Sharul however, was not in agreement with Noor Farida being investigated under the Sedition Act, and said she should be investigated under the Shariah enactment instead.


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