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‘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.”

‘Tok Guru’ Nik Aziz, the conscience of PAS

An obituary, published in Malay Mail Online

To others, he was known as Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

But to those who were fortunate enough to walk beside him, he was more fondly known just as “Tok Guru”.

It was an appropriate moniker for the soft-spoken leader, a quietly resilient man with an unassuming demeanour befitting his post as spiritual adviser of PAS, Malaysia’s largest Islamist party.

In PAS, Nik Aziz was revered as the party’s conscience and moral compass, often turned to for guidance.

Among fellow politicians, friend and foe alike, he was well-respected as a voice of reason and a symbol of humility.

Over the past few months, Nik Aziz’s battle with prostate cancer saw him in and out of the hospital numerous times. At 9.40pm last night, the ailing leader passed away in the presence of his family at his old home in Pulau Melaka, Kelantan. He was 84.