Siti Kasim says she’ll be charged over finger flashing in 2016

PETALING JAYA: Lawyer Siti Kasim said she would be charged on Tuesday over her “middle finger” gesture at a forum three years ago.

The vocal activist had earlier claimed of attempts to charge her under Section 509 of the Penal Code for outraging the modesty of a person.

In 2016, Siti, a strong opponent of efforts to strengthen shariah laws in the country, was heckled by participants of a forum to discuss PAS’ plan to introduce heavier penalties for Muslim offenders.

She then showed the middle finger, prompting a police report to be lodged against her.

She was later investigated by police.

Siti had then reportedly said that her critics were trying to accuse her of insulting Islam.

“But everyone can see the video. I didn’t say anything about Islam. They were heckling and booing me and it was an automatic response. There was no point in shouting back at them. I flashed my finger to show my contempt for them,” she was quoted as saying by The Australian.