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Month: October 2016

‘Hotline Jais’ app opens floodgates of vigilantism, lawyers warn

Published in Malay Mail Online

By Zurairi AR

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8 ― A mobile app that enables the public to report suspected Shariah crimes will ultimately encourage and empower religious vigilantism, human rights lawyers have warned.

Commenting on the Selangor Islamic Religious Department’s (Jais) brand new “Hotline Jais” app, the lawyers say that the move will open the floodgates for anybody looking to enact mischief and malice by harassing or bullying others.

They also believe that the app does not offer sufficient safeguards against false accusation.

“I think the idea of such an app to report crime is a good one in itself. What I am not comfortable about is that it is used to enforce personal morality,” lawyer Fahri Azzat told Malay Mail Online.

“It will certainly encourage vigilantism because it is easy to report things now. [Just] snap a picture.”