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BFM Presenter Apologizes: Says Video About Politics, Not Religion

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BFM presenter Aisyah Tajuddin has apologised over a video questioning hudud which caused a huge uproar after it went viral on social media.

She stated that the objective of the video was to question the priorities of the PAS-led Kelantan state government and not to insult Islam.

“The video was about politics, the words and actions of politicians; it was certainly not about the religion. I wish to take this opportunity to apologise for both my tone and demeanour in the video.

“It was never my intention to mock. It was never my intention to insult. I realise that many took offence,” she said in a statement on Monday.

In the two-minute video “Hudud Isi Periuk Nasi”, which was posted on Thursday, Aisyah had criticised the Kelantan state legislative assembly for passing amendments to the state Syariah Criminal Code II 1993.

Aisyah said in the statement that since the video was published, numerous death and rape threats had been made directly against her, her family, her colleagues, and her friends.

“It has been incredibly upsetting. Feeling this vulnerable about my safety and security is an uncomfortable experience and one that is out of character of the Malaysia I know,” she said.

She added that she would never under any circumstance, insult or condemn any religion, let alone her own.

“It must be said, however, that the coverage of this incident, has unfortunately distracted from the true intentions of the video, which was always to spur the discourse surrounding the socio-economic conditions of the people in Kelantan,” he said.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police would investigate Aisyah and the scriptwriter of the satirical video for “an attempt to make fun of Islam and hurt people”.-The Star

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