Threats of physical harm are unjustified

A YOUNG woman, Aisyah Tajudin, made a video satirising the Kelantan State Government's decision to table the hudud bill at the Kelantan State Legislative Assembly. The video went viral and caused a furore. Many were offended by the video, deeming Aisyah's comments in it as 'insulting Islam'. As a result, many people condemned Aisyah and the video. But most worryingly, she also received threats of physical harm and rape. It became so bad that her father, Prof Dr Mohamad Tajuddin Mohamad Rasdi came out to the media and questioned whether Malaysia "is safe for our children."

The extreme reactions to the video, especially the threats to Aisyah are unfortunately not a new phenomenon. We have seen it many times before. Remember what happened last year to one of the organiser of the 'I want to touch a dog' event? He too received thousands of physical threats, even death. What was worse for him was that his personal mobile number was in the public domain and so these threats were received on his mobile phone.

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