BANGI, 8 Mei – Hanya beberapa jam sebelum debat anjuran Wanita Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) bermula, Sisters in Islam (SIS), pertubuhan yang difatwakan haram oleh Jawatankuasa Fatwa Negeri Selangor, memaklumkan menarik diri.
Ketua Wanita ISMA, Dr Norsaleha Mohd Salleh, melahirkan kekecewaan kerana tindakan SIS ini amat tidak profesional.
“Walaupun terdapat perubahan format, Wanita ISMA tetap memenuhi syarat yang dikenakan SIS dan sudah bersedia untuk berdialog dengan mereka.
“Semua persiapan telah diaturkan, dari segi tempat, kewangan, makanan dan tenaga.
Tulisan Sister Zara Huda Faris daripada MDI (Muslim Debate Initiative)
As SIS have been known to pull out of events in the past, ISMA wanted to do everything possible to prevent this from happening again: SIS were offered to bring a portion of the event attendees from their own supporters, and after SIS accepted a panel of three speakers (one from MDI, ISMA and SIS), I urged ISMA that it would be fairer to invite two speakers representing SIS (lest they claim after the event that the panel was unbalanced). To prevent SIS from claiming in the lead up to the event, that the event had become too sensationalised in the public, it was also decided hold the discussion as a “closed” event (i.e. not open to the public).
SIS accepted the invitation with these conditions, saying that they would be sending Ratna Osman (Executive Director, SIS) andMohammad Afiq Noor (Assistant Manager for Legal Advocacy and Public Education, SIS). ISMA then went to work making costly and time-consuming arrangements for a suitable venue and video recording (to be uploaded afterwards for all to see and share in the discussion).