Press Statement by Harapan Komuniti
Thanksgiving/Fundraising at DUMC
10 August 2011
Harapan Komuniti is a non profit organization, working to bring love, hope, peace and dignity to the needy, downtrodden, children, women and people living with HIV and AIDS. We help people, regardless of race, religion or creed.
Harapan Komuniti is a partner of Organization of Malaysian AIDS Council.
On Wednesday, 3 August 2011, Harapan Komuniti merely held a thanksgiving /fundraising dinner at DUMC’s (Damansara Utama Methodist Church) premises. That dinner was attended by donors, friends and beneficiaries of Harapan Komuniti. About 120 people, from various backgrounds, attended the dinner and were treated with a meal catered by Muslims, followed by live performance, a 1Malaysia dance, a quiz, and reporting by individuals. Harapan Komuniti also offered a general prayer.
Around 9.30 pm, about 30 officers from JAIS (Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor) and the Police, some were in uniforms and others in plain clothes came into the said premise without any search warrant or permission. Harapan Komuniti immediately requested the JAIS officers if they had any warrant and despite repeated requests, JAIS officers refused to hand to us any warrant to search or arrest. They proceeded into the hall and took photos and videos and even removed pamphlets from the various drawers and cabinets in the said Hall, without any permission from us or the landlord of DUMC’s premises.
Harapan Komuniti’s lawyer, Mr Annou Xavier stated that Malaysia should be fortunate to have non-profit organisations such as Harapan Komuniti that gives ”Harapan” or hope to the needy, afflicted, poor, marginalised and yet, on that fateful night on 3rd August, Jais decided to take the opportunity to raid the thanksgiving charity dinner on the assumption that conversion of religion was taking place. Harapan Komuniti has helped many needy and downtrodden citizens of Malaysia, without regard to race, religion, creed, yet Jais took it upon themselves to disrupt a peaceful and harmonious charity event on that 3rd August.
Mr Annou further states that Harapan Komuniti is a ‘1 Malaysia’ organisation in its pure sence, in that its Board members consist of a Malay, Encik Mohd. Rahim Bin Ithnen, a Chinese, Mr Raymond Koh and an Indian, Mr Sri Ram s/o KS Gopal to help all races, religion and creed and not some parties that simply chant ‘1 Malaysia’ merely as a slogan. He hopes that such an unwarranted raid would not take place in the future that would cause unnecessary anxiety and trauma to peace loving Malaysians.
By Mr. Raymond Koh
Harapan Komuniti, 3-1, Jalan PJS 3/48, Taman Sri Manja, 48000 Petaling Jaya.
Tags: Harapan Komuniti, JAIS Raid, Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor, DUMC, Damansara Utama Methodist Church. HIV, AIDS, Organization of Malaysian AIDS Council, 1Malaysia