Kamariah Ali

This is Kamariah Ali.

Kamariah Ali 1

Remember her face. Remember her name.

Does she remind you of a kindly elderly lady you know? Your nenek perhaps?

On 3rd March 2008 as Malaysia was reaching the peak of election fever Kamariah Ali was sentenced to two years in prison by a Shariah court in Kelantan – again.

She was previously imprisoned for 20 months in 1992.

Why are they imprisoning her you may ask? Because she dared to profess her belief in something other than the Islam that is mandated and sanctioned by the State.

Kamariah Ali is a follower of Ayah Pin. He of the famous Sky Kingdom…yeah the giant teapot.


The Sky Kingdom

Laugh if you will. Laugh at her beliefs. But how would you feel if someone laughed at you because you believe that God chose an illiterate man in the desert to be His Messenger, or because you believe meditation can lead you to a higher plain of existence or because you believe in a god deity that possesses the head of an elephant?

Worse still, how would you feel if someone jailed you for professing a belief in any of those things? How would you feel if the government bulldozed your home while they were at it.

And you thought bulldozing of homes only happened in Gaza?

Gaza Bulldozer

Bulldozer demolishing homes in Gaza

Think again. It happened to Kamariah’s home and that of many others right here in our beloved Malaysia in 2005.

Sky Kingdom After

Sky Kingdom after bulldozers flattened it



Another view

Is this what Islam is about? Jailing little old ladies in their 60s because they refuse to conform? Because they refuse to say they believe in something they don’t? I don’t think so. Do you?

Her appeal (presumably against the sentence and conviction) was supposed to have been on Thursday 6th March. Try as I might, I can’t seem to find any news about her appeal. Can someone tell me what happened during her appeal on 6th March?

The reality is that while she is still recognised as a Muslim by the Shariah court in Kelantan they will continue to persecute her again and again and again, which is precisely what they have been doing as apparent from her repeated jailing for apostasy.

I stand up for Kamariah’s right to profess a belief in whatever she wants, a right enshrined in our Federal Constitution, just as I would stand up for any of your rights to believe in whatever you want.

My heart cries for poor defenceless Kamariah and yet all I can do is write and highlight her plight to you. I’ve written of the plight faced by Kamariah and her co-religionists before but the persecution continues and so I continue to write. I say that the euphoria of the People’s Victory of 8th March is hollow when there continues to be Malaysians imprisoned simply for saying “I believe”.

This is Kamariah Ali.

Kamariah Ali 1

Remember her face. Remember her name.

Her continued persecution is a blight on the collective conscience of all Malaysians, including your conscience and mine.

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8 Responses to “Kamariah Ali”

  1. abdul rahim Says:

    If she was punished because of her belief, obviously it is a shame. But if it is because of any efforts to undermine Islam or its teaching, it is a different matter altogether.

    In addressing the issue of apostasy among Muslims, the so-called ‘religious authorities’ and Muslim in general should concentrate more on the most important aspects of Islamic teachings, that is to promote Islam through discussion, alleviate confusion with the hope that they will repent. If they have been steadfast in their belief, let them be with the hope that they will repent in the future. Surely prisoning someone simply because of his or her beliefs has nothing to do with the Islamic justice, as long as they do not wage a fight against Islam.

    Then people will ask, why we cannot critisize Islam if we don’t like it? In fact I believe Islam thrive through critism as it is a religion based on facts and arguments, not just rituals. But obviously in a complexs and assorted communities we have to exercise some restrain to achieve social harmony. I believe everyone should be responsible for their own actions, considering the environment they live in, according to the rule of law, as not to be seen as a threat to others and jeopardise the country’s identity. Practically, the effects of public questioning and attacks on any belief is not the same in the United States and Malaysia, for example, and not even the same between different parts of Malaysia, as every communities have its own unique characteristic and identity. And as a responsible authority, the government might have to resort to some actions in order to control the situation.

    Thank you for your comment. I too believe that there is much more to Islam than mere rituals.

    Kamariah has been persecuted because of her belief and only wants to be left alone.

    I acknowledge that the authorities must take steps preserve peace and order. However, bulldozing communities and imprisoning people for their beliefs is counter-productive to any efforts to maintain peace and order.

    Ayah Pin and his believers had lived in that area of Kelantan for between 20 – 30 years before their community and structures were destroyed.

  2. Sean E Says:

    If you want to have a better future for our children in Malaysia, do you part by signing the on-line petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/RCER2008/petition.html

    This is one of the way (non-violence) to bring our message to the Government. Don’t just sit there, stand up and be counted!

    Why do we need to reform the Election Commission?

    1) Gerrymandering. The discrepancy between number of voters in voting areas is too great. The smallest parliamentary seat (Federal Territory, Putrajaya) has only 6,608 voters while the parliamentary seat for Kapar in Selangor has 112,224 voters. What this means is that one vote in the Putrajaya parliamentary constituency is equivalent to 17 votes in the Kapar constituency.

    2) Phantom voters. A common tactic is to ‘buy’ the identity card of the voters. Party members from the ruling parties will then vote on the voters’ behalf. Random checking of a person’s identity must be conducted using those finger print checking device (like the bank use). Any voting done on another person’s identity must be made a serious offence under the election law.

    3) Postal votes. The rules on postal voting must be reviewed, tightened and amended. The current rule favours the ruling party as the armed forces personnel and policemen who vote by ‘postal voting’ would obviously not jeopardize their career or promotion prospect by voting for the opposition. Voting under postal voting is not secret as it is under the watchful eyes of the senior officers.

    4) Spoiled votes. How do we define spoiled votes. It is very easy to turn good votes into spoiled votes (by adding one more x to the ballot paper). Are spoiled votes being verified and watched over by the party representatives? In marginal areas in which the winning margin is razor thin, the so-called spoiled votes need to be scrutinized.

    Whilst we’re on the subject of reforming the electoral system, how about changing the law to allow all Malaysian citizens residing overseas to vote in General Elections? Currently, only three categories of people can vote overseas: full time students and their spouses, civil servants and, if I am not mistaken, military personnel. Needless to say, this excludes the huge number of Malaysians working overseas.

  3. awangsenior Says:

    U know why? Because she is just a stupid malay woman. She just wanted to get coverage, just to be popular. In this country u can do whatever u like if u know how to do it. U dont have to prove anything or to show off.

    She wanted to show off? Since when? It was the Jabatan Agama that sought her out in the first place and the Jabatan Agama that continues to persecute her. All she wanted was to be left alone.

    And since when was it stupid to hold steadfast to one’s beliefs? Was Muhammad stupid for holding on to his beliefs when the Arab tribes persecuted him? Would you have told Muhammad to keep quiet and not to show off?

    Far from being stupid, I’d say Kamariah has been extremely brave. She’s lost much in her struggle: her liberty, her husband and I have no doubt she’s lost friends and family members over this issue too.

    So lest others think it is you who are stupid, why don’t you tell us in more detail why you think she is stupid?

  4. bow Says:

    What type of moron are you by saying she is stupid and doing that just to be popular, so she is in some type of popularity contest in Malaysia by declaring she wants to follow another religion rather than Islam where she is being forced to believe upon her birth?

    Very convincing argument for a victim of government persecution which is famous for using Islam to violate individual rights in Malaysia. No one will ask to be persecuted and happy to spend many years of unjust incarceration just to show off. Dimwit!!!

  5. suriani Says:

    ‘All she wanted was to be left alone’. That is what you say, so leave her alone. Let’s her face any circumtances as result of her own doing. If she dare to be different from the mainstream of Islam, then let she face any obstacles just like what was experienced by Rasul Muhammad when he differ from the relegion of mainstream Arab! Do you know what was happened to Muhammad; he was not prosecuted in any court but was tried to be killed by his own peoples so many times. At least Kamariah is very lucky because no one in this country attemp to kill her! One thing I proud about Kamariah is that she never try to escape. She is much much braver than ayah pin who flopp away, “A Coward Chief of Sky Kingdom!”

  6. Erin Kitana Says:

    do not blame her for what has been done in the past. Guide her and Insyaallah she will be back on track.

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