Raya dog video: Chetz held in Segamat

Maznah Mohd Yusof, better known as Chetz, is to be remanded there following public outcry over her controversial video deemed to be “insulting Islam”.

Anisah Shukry, FMT

Dog trainer Maznah Mohd Yusof  is now in Segamat and will be remanded till tomorrow afternoon after having spent a night in police lockup here.

Her counsel Latheefa Koya, in a text message this morning, said: “She has been brought to Segamat…just spoke to (Investigating Officer) Inspector Othman.

“He confirms she (is) currently being taken to the magistrate in Segamat to be remanded. I am trying to get a lawyer to represent her. (Being further remanded) is a normal procedure.

“But it is an abuse of power as there is no need to bring her all the way to Johor just (because) a police report was apparently lodged there.”

She later confirmed that the police had obtained a two-day remand against Maznah.

Lawyers for Liberty tweeted last night: “Even if the report was made in Segamat, it’s no reason to take her there. PDRMsia has taken her statement. She (should) be released”.

In a following tweet, they wrote: “@PDRMsia ni betul tak masuk akal, saja nak salahguna kuasa. Jadi kalu ada 100 repot suluruh negara, Chetz akan dibawa merata2? Kerja bodo”.

(The police are not making any sense, they are just abusing their power. So if 100 police reports were made across the whole country, Chetz will be brought all over the nation? This is foolish.)

Police arrested Maznah also known as Chetz under Section 298A of the Penal Code as well as the Sedition Act yesterday evening after a three-year-old video of her bathing her dogs and wishing viewers Selamat Hari Raya resurfaced online the day before.

She was brought to the Bukit Perdana Commercial Crimes Department at around 5pm, where she had her statement recorded by the police as well as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

‘No forgiveness for such a video’

The controversial video was uploaded by user “acaiseven fiska” two days ago, who titled it “Video menghina Islam. 1 hari di hari raya” (video insulting Islam. 1 day in Hari Raya).

But Maznah has clarified to the media that her intention was to remind Muslims to celebrate Hari Raya with animals and humans.

“I have no intention to demean Islam. I made the video for fun but later decided to ‘educate’ outsiders on dogs and cleanliness,” the 38-year-old was quoted as saying by news site Mynewshub.com.

But many, including the Director-General of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), see her video as insulting Islam.