Siti Kasim remains defiant after bomb threat

Explosive discovery: Police conducting the investigation after the bomb was found at the workshop in Bangsar.

PETALING JAYA: Activist-lawyer Siti Kasim says she will continue speaking up against the use of religion in politics.

A day after discovering a bomb was planted on her car, Siti Kasim continued with her trademark defiant tone, lambasting her critics and those who had prayed for her death.

“For those who prayed for my death, you need to understand that I am not afraid of death, because everyone will die (one day). If you think praying for someone’s death is Islamic, then go ahead. Nobody is stopping you.“If it is written as qada and qadar (fate) that I will die like that for doing the right thing, then I will die happily,” she said in an Instagram video.

On Friday, two bottles filled with wires were discovered under the rear of Siti Kasim’s car, which the police confirmed were improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Siti Kasim said the discovery was made by her mechanic at a workshop in Bangsar where she had left the car for servicing.

“All I know is that I will (continue) to be a useful human being while I am alive.

“To me, that is the most Islamic thing to do, to do your best in your life, in whatever manner, in whatever way you can.

“But to those who do not understand me, that is up to you. You answer to God,” she said.

Siti Kasim, who has been accused of being anti-Islam, reiterated that she had never spoken against the religion, but only to those who use it in politics.

“I have never said Islam is bad. Islam is my religion, I love my religion. I only speak up because I do not agree with what is happening in this country.

“If you agree to be jailed for 30 years, being fined RM100,000, receiving 100 strokes of the rotan just because you do not fast, not dressing up according to syariah law, not praying or committing other (wrongdoings) that do not result in victimising people, that is up to you.

“But I do not agree, because (syariah) law covers me as well, it is forced upon me. I do not agree with these politicians who make decisions about my religion. That is what I have been saying,” she said.

Siti Kasim said she would continue to speak for the oppressed and warned culprits behind the car bomb that the law would catch up with them.

“I will continue to talk. I am not afraid of death. If I am (to be) murdered by these fanatics, that is up to you.

“Whatever you want to do, you just think carefully. I do believe the people who did this believe that faith is on their side. Well, I’m sure the police will get you,” she said.

Meanwhile, more than 50 civil society groups said they stand in solidarity with Siti Kasim and condemned the persons responsible for planting the bomb underneath her car.

The groups also called on the police to provide Siti Kasim with security.

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