Sunday, September 13, 2009

Doesn't our sassy MP look pretty?

Teresa Kok, our sassy MP for Puchong wrote this account of her berbuka puasa at the Masjid Al-Ehsan Mosque in Bandar Kinrara.

Today is 12th September 2009, the first anniversary of my ISA detention due to the false accusations thrown at me by UMNO Selangor members whyo alleged that I had forbidden the azan call for prayer at the Masjid Al-Ehsan at Bandar Kinrara, Puchong.
The accusations were proven false when the chairman of the mosque at the time, Haji Abdul Rahman, stepped forward to deny the accusations when I was under ISA detention. Nevertheless, I was kept in solitary confinement under ISA for a week.

As soon as I was released from ISA detention last year, I had the desire to visit the mosque and express my thanks and gratitude to Haji Abdul Rahman. However, I was told that the committee of the Masjid Al Ehsan was under strong pressure by UMNO at the time due to the courageous and truthful statement made by Haji Abdul Rahman tersebut. Thus, I was not able to enter the mosque.

Last night, on 11 September 2009, I was able to step foot into Masjid Al-Ehsan in Bandar Kinrara for the first time, thanks to the assistance of my PKR and PAS friends in Puchong, and held a break-fast-banquet with the local Muslims.

I was very happy to meet the now former chairman of the mosque Haji Abdul Rahman during the break-fast-banquet organised by Pakatan Rakyat Puchong. Once again, I expressed my gratitude to him.

At this event, I used my DUN allocation to gave financial aid to 15 surau and 4 mosques located in Puchong.

I took a photo with the imam, the mosque chairman and the representatives of the mosques/surau, the councilors of MPSJ and the leaders of Pakatan Puchong after disbursing the aid to the suraus and mosques in Puchong.

In addition, I also gave financial aid to those in need.

In my speech, I said that the use of ISA against me shows that this law can easily be abused by those in power and are irresponsible. I also said that my detention shows that the police had arrested me without having conducted a prior investigation.

This is the YDP of PAS Puchong, Tuan Haji Mohd Sofien Ismail. When I had shared with him that I had not been able to enter Masjid Al-Ehsan, he assisted me by contacting the mosque committee and helped me organise this break-fast-banquet.

The lady on the left is Puan Hanim, the leader of the Muslim women of PAS Puchong. She has been a great help to me in organising break-fast-banquets in Puchong, including this very one at Masjid Al-Ehsan.

Here is a photo of the Muslims saying their prayers after breaking fast.

I am very thankful to the Lord and to my Muslim friends in Pakatan Puchong who have helped me to fulfill my intention to hold a break-fast-banquet at Masjid Al-Ehsan on the first anniversary of my ISA detention.

On this day of the first anniversary, I pray that ISA will not be used by the Barisan Nasional government and police any more. And that this cruel and unjust law will be repealed by the government and our Parliament.

Here are the photos of the event :

Geronimo's Take : Look at how gracious PR leaders are in the way they reach out to community of other races and faith. Last year, after the March GE, Dr Hj Dzulkefly Ahmad of PAS and MP for Kuala Selangor, became the first Muslim MP to attend Sunday Easter Mass at the St Paul The Hermit Church in Ijok [read here], whilst his colleague, YB Khalid Samad, joined the Catholics for a normal Sunday Mass at the Church of Divine Mercy in Glenmarie [read here]. All I could say was “WOW!” In the same token, Teresa too has done the right thing with our Muslim brethren. Congratulations!

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