PETALING JAYA, 15 June 2009: The online public petition that was launched last week to urge PAS to retract its call for action against Sisters in Islam (SIS) has been moved to another site because of technical glitches.
SIS senior manager Maria Chin Abdullah said that people from different cities in the world had encountered problems with the original online petition that was launched by the National Human Rights Society and hosted on www.petitiononline.com.
“We do not have conclusive evidence that the poll was hacked into because we can’t even get to the website’s home page,” Maria said in a phone interview today.
She said SIS has written to Petition Online about the inaccessibility of its online poll but has not heard from them yet.
“We have also written to them to retrieve the 680 signatures that were deposited on the online poll,” she said.
Maria said the 680 signatures were on top of the 63 organisations and 314 Malaysians who had earlier signed the petition as of 11 June 2009.
She said the poll had been migrated to http://gopetition.com/online/28538.html and urged individuals and organisations to sign the petition again.
On 7 June, the PAS muktamar adopted a resolution, without debate, for SIS to be investigated and banned, and its members rehabilitated, if it was found to be anti-Islam.
Since, then PAS’s Pakatan Rakyat partners, namely the DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat, have condemned the call. Barisan Nasional leaders have also criticised the call as have a few leaders within PAS.
However, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has insisted that the party’s call to ban SIS was right, adding that the Muslim women’s rights group had no right to talk about Islamic law.
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