KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 — Activist Maryam Lee was summoned yesterday by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) over what she believes to be an investigation into an alleged insult to Islam in her book that she launched recently.
The case is linked to her book launch and forum on Malay Women and Dehijabbing back in April, she said in a statement.
Maryam said she received a formal letter that contained an order to assist an investigation in accordance with Section 58 (1) of the Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment (Selangor) 2003, Malaysiakini and other local media quoted.
“My presence is required for an investigation under Section 10 (a) of the Syariah Criminal Enactment (Selangor) 1995, which criminalises ‘any person who by words which are capable of being heard or read or by drawings, marks or other forms of representation which are visible or capable of being visible or in any other manner: (a) insults or brings into contempt the religion of Islam […]’
“Though the letter does not say the reason for the investigation, I believe it is most likely related to the contents of my book, Unveiling Choice, published earlier this year.
“The launching of the book got the attention of the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department for Religious Affairs, [Datuk] Mujahid Yusof Rawa, who asked for the forum at the launch to be investigated,” Lee said.
Maryam claims that she was only sharing personal journeys of women taking off their hijab.