KUALA LUMPUR: A former mosque committee secretary has maintained in a High Court that there was no pressure from Seputeh MP Teresa Kok over azan (call for prayer) issue.
Ahmad Redzuan Samsudin, 34, who was then Kota Damansara mosque committee secretary, said on Thursday that Kok had never given any pressure to them to stop using the loud speaker for the azan.
Questioned by Kok's lead counsel S.N Nair, he said there was no objection or petition issued by Kok or other non-Muslims from Damansara to forbid or lower the volume for azan at the mosque.
He said their committee chairman Basri Daud had lodged a police report on Sept 10, 2008 disputing a statement published by a Malay daily quoting former Selangor mentri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo over alleged pressure and petition from non-Muslims on the azan matter.
"The report is slanderous.
“Our PA (public address) system at our new mosque, which began its operation in August 2008 got struck by lightning.
"As the result of the lightning we could not use the PA for three days to call for azan due to technical problems," the sixth witness testified in the civil suit filed by Kok in 2009 against Home Minister and three others for alleged wrongful detention and false imprisonment under Internal Security Act (ISA) in September 2008.
He said the police had questioned two mosque committee members, including him and recorded their statements a week later.
"We had to wait for a contractor to repair it and borrowed one from a school for internal use," he said.
Questioned by Senior Federal Counsel Mohd Abazafree Mohd Abbas, he said he read the report in Utusan Malaysia and considered the azan issue as serious.
He said that the mosque's committee members and its congregation were angered by the publication of the statement.
Kota Raja MP Siti Mariah Mahmud, 56, said that she also lodged a police report on Sept 11, 2008 after reading the same statement.
"I took two days to call the people and find out the truth on what Khir Toyo said. There is no discussion (at the Selangor State Legislative Assembly) to stop azan," she added.
The hearing before High Court judge Justice Su Geok Yiam continues.
In her suit filed on March 13,2009, Kok has named former home minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, Special branch senior officer DSP E Kim Tien and the Malaysian Government as defendants.
Among others, Kok is seeking damages for unlawful arrest, false imprisonment, pain, suffering and mental anguish.