KOMAS Director Tan Jo Hann said in a statement that he had received a fax notice from the Malaysian Home Affairs Ministry requiring him to be present at their office to record his statement on the issue.
Tan being summoned to have his statement recorded is related to KOMAS screening of the film “No Fire Zone, the Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” that was raided by Police and Immigration department on 3rd July.
“We would like to state on record that we find this notice to be present at the KDN (Home Ministry) office to record Tan’s statement about a film screening is highly unnecessary. It is disruptive to his work and seems more like a form of harassment when they had already recorded the statements of KOMAS staff and colleagues who were arrested and questioned for more than 3 hours on the night of July 4th. 2013. Tan also acted as the person to post bail for the 3 arrested KOMAS colleagues then. This continued form of intimidation tactics to curb freedom of expression and speech is highly disappointing especially when these basic rights are in fact guaranteed in Article 10 of the Malaysian constitution, the most important and highly regarded document in the land. Despite our objections to this form of unnecessary harassment by the KDN, Tan has nevertheless agreed to be present at the KDN office together with KOMAS legal counsel at 10am on July 22nd 2013,” the statement said.