Press statement by Marina Mahathir
Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma), in a flyer distributed at mosques throughout the country at prayers on Friday November 8, accused me of being one of the “dalangs” (masterminds) behind Comango.
This is wholly untrue. Although I am a Board member of Sisters in Islam, one of the NGOs in the coalition, I was not involved in any way in the Comango process.
Therefore, I view this allegation by Isma as defamatory and demand that Isma and its office bearers withdraw it immediately with a public clarification in all media, including social media, on my terms.
Failure to do so will result in my taking legal action against them.
I also view very seriously the re-publication of Isma’s flyer in various media, both mainstream and online, and regard this also as defamatory.
I therefore request that all media publish my clarification immediately as well or also face legal action. – 10 Nov 2013
Helen Ang’s comment
Marina is in fact one-up on Guan Eng who only threatens to sue Utusan (all the time) and other newspapers (over the Rainbow reports) whereas MM is now threatening to sue all the media, including online media where many of their small operations news portals had republished the Isma flyer.
Her brother Mukhriz’s understated response to the nasty, slandering online press reflected grace under pressure. Marina’s hectoring, on the other hand, makes her sound like a Dapster. Like YB “I-will-sue-you”-Guan Eng, to be precise.
For the record
One of the Isma flyers below.
Marina Mahathir states that she is “not involved in any way in the Comango process”.
According to Isma’s reading, the Camango demands are interpreted as wanting:
(1) Freedom to apostasize
(2) Legitimizing same sex relations (LGBT)
(3) Abolishing the Malay ‘special position’
(4) Defining “racism” according to secular Western understanding
(5) Rejection of hudud / syariah criminal law
(6) Allowing the spread of Syiah and defending the propaganda (presumably the ‘Allah’ word) spread by other religions
Marina Mahathir: “I am not involved in COMANGO process”
The J-Star had previously published Marina’s book titled ‘In Liberal Doses‘.
Now Marina is disclaiming that she has any involvement at all with the Comango process which seeks (1) to (6) listed above despite her very much publicized presence in the NGO scene.
Her Bangsar Malaysia friends are fond of saying that Muslims are so easily confused because Malays fear the Christians using the Allah word.
Now we’re left to wonder whether Marina is herself confused as to whether she is a liberal or not.
Note to readers: Do be careful what you comment below. You wouldn’t want Marina to sue you and me both, now would you?