GE15: Siti Kasim confident voters will support separation of religion from the federation

LILYANA RIZAL
13 Nov 2022 08:34pm
Siti Kasim speaking with residents of the Batu constituency
Siti Kasim speaking with residents of the Batu constituency
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SENTUL – Siti Kasim says she is confident that voters are ready to accept her stance on separating religion from the federation.

Batu independent parliamentary candidate, Siti Zabedah Kasim, better known as Siti Kasim said she is confident that even rural voters are ready to accept her stance on separating religion from the federation because they know that a lot of politicians misused religion for their own benefit.

“I do believe that once we understand that, we shouldn’t allow politicians to use religion in their rhetoric because they are using it for their own benefit, not for our benefit,” the lawyer expressed.

She also said that per our constitution, the management of Islam falls under the Sultan and not the government.

“So why are they busybodies using it? Because it benefits them,” she said, at a walkabout in Sentul today.

Siti Kasim conducted a walkabout at Varidelicious restaurant in Sentul today at noon, as part of her political campaign.

During her walkabout, she wore a traditional Orang Asli headdress as she went around the restaurant and encouraged residents of the Batu constituency to go out and vote in the upcoming election.

Activist and lawyer, Siti Kasim is now contesting for the Batu parliamentary seat in the 15th General Election (GE15) as an independent candidate alongside former Batu Member of Parliament, Tian Chua, incumbent Prabakaran Parameswaran and influencer, Nur Fathiah Syazwana, better known as Cleopatra.
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One of the issues she raises in her campaign is to separate matters of religion from the federation of Malaysia and stop politicians from further using it as their rhetoric.

A Law graduate of the Queen Mary University of London, she lived in the United Kingdom for 17 years, where her daughter was born.

In 2004, she returned to Malaysia for good where she joined the Malaysia Bar Council Human Rights Committee in 2007 and began advocating for the human rights of Malaysia’s Orang Asli.

She is currently the Chairperson of the Malaysian Bar Council’s Committee on Orang Asli Rights.

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