Ex-journalist arrested, accused of insulting Islam

sidek-kamisoPETALING JAYA: Former journalist Sidek Kamiso has been confirmed to be one of the three arrested by police following accusations of insulting Islam after the death of PAS spiritual leader Haron Din.

Sidek’s lawyer, Siti Kassim, told FMT that police had brought Sidek to Johor Bahru to make a remand request, but also said that she did not know why her client had been arrested and remanded.

“Sidek was brought to Johor Bahru. We have a lawyer in Johor, Roger Chan, who will represent Sidek because I cannot be there,” Siti told FMT.

Siti said police arrested Sidek at 4.30am at his house in Petaling Jaya, and that she did not know which station he was taken to.

“We don’t know where he was taken to. He called his wife later at 10am, saying that he was in Semarak. The number he used to call his family members was from Bukit Aman,” Siti said.

“We don’t know why he was arrested, besides information from police press conferences saying that he had insulted Islam. We’ll identify what Act he’s being arrested under.”

Siti said she was disappointed with the police behaviour.

“The police officer was reluctant to tell me that Sidek was being brought to Johor to be remanded. The police should have told the family members about this.

“We only found out from the police officer that Sidek was on his way to Johor at noon and that the request for remand will be heard at 2.30pm.”

Meanwhile, Sidek’s wife, Norlin Wan Musa, on her Facebook, posted an account of how two plainclothes policemen had jumped over the gates of the house and banged on the door demanding entry at 4.40am.

He said the two could not produce an arrest warrant despite Sidek’s repeated request.

“One guy showed my husband his police ID card. But the guy put it away as soon as I approached him.

“They came in and took his phone, went upstairs to our bedroom to look around and later insisted on going into my kids’ room.

“I refused to let them in and told them I will not allow them to intimidate my children.”

Norlin said before taking her husband away, they took his laptop and her husband’s photo, which was in the bedroom.

She said it was appalling that anyone could just come in and intimidate someone without an arrest warrant, in the safety of his/her home and take someone away.

This morning, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar had said three individuals were arrested for insulting Islam after Haron’s death.

Khalid, however, refused to reveal their identities during the press conference.