Crime & Courts

Woman accused of allegedly insulting Islam to be charged tomorrow

KUALA LUMPUR: The woman who allegedly insulted Islam at a comedy club in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) last Friday will be charged tomorrow.

Federal police secretary Datuk Noorsiah Mohd Saaduddin said police had submitted the investigation papers (IP) to the Attorney-General's Chambers.

"Police have been ordered to charge the suspect under Section 298A of the Penal Code. The remand against the woman which ends today will be extended for a day till tomorrow," she said in a statement today.

Noorsiah added that the woman's boyfriend would also be charged under Section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998 tomorrow.

On July 9, Noorsiah said a 28-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly insulted Islam during her set at a comedy club in TTDI here last Friday.

The IP was opened under Section 298A of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998.

In the incident, the woman, who was wearing a tudung, allegedly made degrading religious remarks and took off her baju kurung during her open mic routine on stage.

She was wearing a spaghetti-strap dress underneath the attire.

The case has sparked reactions from the authorities and the public.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall has temporarily suspended the comedy club's operations.

The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department is probing the viral video of the woman.

Under the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act 1997, those found guilty of insulting or causing contempt against Islam can be fined up to RM3,000 or jailed up to two years.

Comedians Harith Iskander, Datuk Afdlin Shauki and Kavin Jay have spoken out against the controversial performance and defended the comedy club's position as a platform for both professional and budding comedians.

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