Politician jailed for insulting Islam

Politician jailed for insulting Islam

Malaysian politician David Orok, above, has been jailed for 16 months for insulting Islam and the ‘prophet’ Mohammed in a Facebook posting.

Orok pleaded to sedition at his trial at Kota Kinabalu High Court. He was charged under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act. He had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Court was told that a police report had been lodged by a woman after she received a WhatsApp message containing a screenshot of Orok’s Facebook posting.

It was one the 46 police reports lodged against Orok, a State Reform Party member, after his Facebook posting went viral.

Pressing for a deterrent sentence, senior federal counsel Jamil Aripin said belittling any religion indicated the person concerned had no sense of mutual respect nor good social behaviour.

He said individuals who chose to post opinions or statements that were incompatible with the nation’s values should not be spared.

Such postings and remarks incite religious and racial hatred, which is capable of causing violence and distrust among the diverse races and religions in Malaysia.

Orok’s counsel Hendry Gudid, appealing for a lenient sentence, said his client regretted his actions and had posted an apology on his Facebook page.

He said David’s passion was intellectual debate among his family and friends and used platforms like Facebook for such discourse.

This matter was blown out of proportion.

Hat tip: Trevor Blake

16 responses to “Politician jailed for insulting Islam”

  1. Newspaniard says:

    You live in a community governed by savages what can you expect?

  2. Vienetta says:

    The freedom to have an opinion on anything is quickly being eroded. It will soon be just prisoners and prison guards and nothing in between!

  3. Angela_K says:

    The totalitarianism of Islam at work again with no criticism of Islam’s fascist ideology allowed. Again that misused word “respect” creeps in that has become code among the religious as “fear”.

  4. Double Drat says:

    “Such postings and remarks incite religious and racial hatred, which is capable of causing violence and distrust among the diverse races and religions in Malaysia”.

    Where the hell do you start to critique of this assertion? It’s just wrong on so many counts.

  5. Broga says:

    The people who should be in prison are those who slice off girl babies’ clitorises, flog women, behead and lop off limbs and the rest of the Islamic abominations. The practice of free speech is being curbed in favour of a slavish reverence for what deserves only the most profound contempt.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Human rights in the “vibrant democracy” of Malaysia are just fine and dandy, and outsiders like ourselves, who don’t understand the situation, have no right to make criticisms:

    The allegation that Malaysia’s human rights record is on an alarming downward spiral is unwarranted as it is based on unsubstantiated and selective information, says Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

    He said it was unfortunate that Amnesty International was too fast in judging Malaysia’s human rights record on the basis of misconceptions of the circumstances of recent events.

    “It failed to give due credit to recent and ongoing efforts by the government of Malaysia in the promotion and protection of human rights for its citizens.”

    More here:

  7. Rob Andrews says:

    Once agiain totalitarian ideologies are using the tools of communication. They are: Propaganda; Censorship; Miss-direction (the Amnesty International statement), to control the issue.

    What new is that it’s beginning to happen in the ‘west’. And has been getting worse since the ‘Satanic Verses’ riots in 1989.

    “Christianity: one womans lie about having an affair that got way out of control”.– Atheist Empire.

  8. Stephen Mynett says:

    The true strength of the religion is inversely proportional to the amount of force, violence or propaganda needed to show how strong the god is. Religionists are too dumb to realise this.
    I have never doubted my atheism but if someone could find a religion that does not indoctrinate or force belief and show it could maintain a few million adherents it would have a case. Of course, without manipulation of the masses all religions are nothing.

  9. Vanity Unfair says:

    Quandary: should I feel sorry for a politician?
    Resolution: in this case, yes because of the inequality of arms.
    Action: charge Jamil Aripin with the same crime for daring to suggest that Allah is impotent and incapable of self-defence against a few minor electrical impulses on a computer network.
    Sedition is an anti-government offence and not (necessarily) anti-religion. However, most countries that did have sedition or seditious libel laws have repealed them in the knowledge that free expression is a greater benefit than repression of criticism.
    We do not know what was said and re-publishing the remarks could easily make things worse for Mr. Orok so I can understand the editor’s reluctance.

  10. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    Ridiculous. All religions are human made constructs and not deserving of respect, nor are those who try to force religion onto others.

  11. Double Drat says:

    Dear Jamil Aripin islam is a pile of shit. I piss on your religion.

    How’s that for respect.

  12. barriejohn says:

    As I have said before, I feel that we should always give religion the respect that it deserves. Who could possibly object to that?

  13. Broga says:

    ‘Rob Andrews: Thanks for the mention of Atheist Empire. I have only had time for a short look at the site but I am impressed. It is now in my favourites.

  14. Rob Andrews says:

    ‘Jesus and Mo ‘ websitegives religion-especially Islam the respect it deserves.

    Islam and its destructive Jihad
    Is the spawn of a cult ,barking mad
    Islam seeks no division
    Only total submission
    To a belief that’s increadably bad

    Islam, the style of the mad
    Wages on itself, much Jihad
    Death and destruction
    Is the only way Islam can funtion
    Shari’a is increadably bad

  15. Brian Jordan says:

    While I appreciate that revelation might make matters worse for this poor chap, it seems as likely that they don’t want to reveal just how trivial the “offense” was. Now those against him can believe the very worst, a truly vile calumny about Mohammed. However those in his favour will also believe the very worst – that what he wrote was trivial in the extreme and his punishment was grossly excessive. Even worse, we might find that what he wrote was true,