PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Lumpur High Court today ordered the government to provide lawyer Siti Kasim with the names of Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) officers, involved in a raid at a transgender event.
Siti’s lawyer Surendra Ananth said that Judicial Commissioner Faizah Jamaludin today allowed her lawsuit that sought to compel the government to provide the names of the Jawi enforcement officers.
“The court ordered the government to give Siti the Jawi’s officers’ names within 14 days,” he added.
Surendra added the court might have allowed Siti’s bid to get the names because tortfeasors must be named in a lawsuit.
Besides Surendra, Siti was also represented by Malik Imtiaz Sarwar while senior federal counsel Ruzaimi Baharom appeared for the government.
Siti, who is also a human rights activist, was arrested on April 3 last year at Renaissance Hotel here, after Jawi raided the transgender beauty pageant.
A video of Siti shouting at Jawi officers, asking if they had a warrant to raid a closed-door event, went viral on social media.
In her affidavit filed to support her lawsuit, Siti alleged that the sudden appearance of Jawi officers at the event caused chaos.
“They raided the event. They did not explain the reason for the raid.”
She added that no arrest warrant was produced and that the Jawi officers were not accompanied by police.
One religious officer allegedly told Siti it was an “offence” to organise the transgender beauty contest.
“The officer could not cite the law the event had violated,” she said.
She told the Jawi officers the event was a closed-door affair but, “they started shouting at me and at others in the crowd”.
She was then taken to the Dang Wangi police station.
“They did not tell me why I was being arrested,” said Siti. “They forced me into a van and took me to the police station.”
It was reported that Siti said she was investigated for alleged obstruction of a public officer and criminal intimidation.
Surendra said they will contemplate the next course of action in filing the lawsuit against Jawi after the enforcement officers’ names are given to them.