Malaysia arresting Shiite families, infants, instead of finding plane

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An infant lies on the floor of a jail cell in Malaysia because of her family follows the wrong religion.

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 – As the search for the missing Malaysian aircraft intensifies, the country’s government has shifted focus to arresting nearly 100 Shiite Muslims, including infants, in an overnight raid. The arrests took place after police believed a Shiite religious celebration took place. Shocking photos emerged on Reddit, showing several infants behind bars, laying on the floor in prison cells, and in deplorable conditions..

An overcrowded jail cell in Malaysia, where an infant from a Shiite Muslim family can be seeing laying on the floor.
An overcrowded jail cell in Malaysia, where an infant from a Shiite Muslim family can be seeing laying on the floor.

The pictures show over-crowded cells, with many of the Shiite families forced to sit or sleep on the floor. The majority of the prisoners seem to be wearing nightwear, evidencing that the arrests took place in the dead of the night.

The Malaysian Insider reports “[A]uthorities on Saturday arrested 114 people believed to be Shia Muslims in Perak, in the latest crackdown against followers of the second largest Islamic school of thought.

“The arrest took place [because of] a celebration to [commemorate] the birth of Siti Zainab, daughter of Islam’s fourth caliph Ali, according to reports. Women and children were also among those arrested.”


Reports indicate that infants as young as 4 months old were placed under arrest.

Malaysian propagandists immediately responded on Reddit, defending the government’s arrest of individuals they acknowledge to be innocent of any crime. One user wrote “In Malaysia, Shia is considered deviant […] You also not allowed to form a group to practice your faith. Yes we are stern in protecting our faith and our children faith and to keep it pure from innovation. Regarding Allah words, it was the right move, because there were underground movement to spread confusion among muslim youth in the country.”

When questioned about the morality of the behavior of the Malaysian government, the same user replied with a horrific account of conditions in Malaysia: “They were not oppressed, most probably they would end up in rehabilitation center to correct their faith. Rehabilitation center is not a prison and people there are treated with respect.”

Reddit photos showing imprisoned infants in a Malaysian jail,
Reddit photos showing imprisoned infants in a Malaysian jail.

Rehabilitation centers of this sort, and language of this type, are scarily reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984, a novel about a government that controls every aspect of its citizenry’s lives:

“We are not content with negative obedience, nor even with the most abject submission. When finally you surrender to us, it must be of your own free will. We do not destroy the heretic because he resists us; so long as he resists us we never destroy him.

“We convert him, we capture his inner mind, we reshape him. We burn all evil and all illusion out of him; we bring him over to our side, not in appearance, but genuinely, heart and soul. We make him one of ourselves before we kill him.

Authorities forced the prisoners, arrested in the middle of the night on suspicion of being Shiite Muslims, to sleep on the floor.
Authorities forced the prisoners, arrested in the middle of the night on suspicion of being Shiite Muslims, to sleep on the floor.

“It is intolerable to us that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be.” – 1984

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  • Hissain

    Seems that malay government has chosen their end by targeting Shia. All rulers who fought Shia faced the same end: Muawiya, yazeed, saddam,… etc. It is the start of the end of Malay.

    • FR

      Insha Allah

    • swizeman

      more violence yaaay!!!!

    • Guest

      What do you mean by that?

  • Guest

    has this been verified?

    • rahatshusain

      I quoted a Malaysian newspaper verifying the story. Its also appeared in multiple major news outlets.

      • lara

        This is not true, this is a picture of detention of foreigners without valid permission in malaysia … they are waiting to be deported to their country of origin …

        • rahatshusain

          You are not quoting any reputable source, whereas I have quoted Malaysian news. Accordingly, your remarks can not be considered believable.

          • winmac

            So anything on Malaysia that comes from Malaysia are true? What about credibility? What about motives?

            I’m a Malaysian so what I say about Malaysia must be true. This is the picture of illegal immigrants being held before being processed to be sent to deportation center. Don’t tell me that we have to separate the babies from their parents? Is that considered ‘jailing infant’?

            So, because Malaysian authority (and also other 26 countries) couldn’t find the plane, we should let illegal immigrants and other problems in Malaysia to persist?

            Since your journalism is based on non-credible source, and I came from Malaysia, so what I am telling you is true.

            To set the record straight, we never oppressed any other religion. They are free to practice what they believe. We just restrict them from ‘expanding’ their religion or preach to the sunni Muslims. This includes that the shiite can’t spread their believe but are free to practice it.

          • rahatshusain

            False. You are making stuff up and don’t have any evidence. Multiple credible news sources from around the world report on Malaysian oppression of the Shiite sect. If you have proof, lets see it, otherwise you are just another person speaking nonsense.

          • doctorproc

            You are telling lies and here is proof.

      • iEAN

        so not true. me from MALAYSIA.

        • rahatshusain

          While you may be Malaysian, the story is true. It is verified by Malaysian news, whom I quoted in the article.

          • Syed Azhar Hussain Rizvi

            I am from india should I join my new job in malashia kindly reply ?

        • FR

          its absolutely true. me from arrested MALAYSIA

  • Ann

    Don’t you think it’ll be even funnier and inefficient that the Malaysian government won’t be able to do anything other than to focus on finding the lost plane? Why do you think structural organization exist in the first place? Just because the search and rescue team hasn’t been able to crack the mystery yet, you’re saying they’re not doing a good job? And turn their focus away? Do you have any idea how much of our time is being focused on the lost flight? That almost every night the news on TV got extended to bring the latest updates from everyone? Just because the most important issue hasn’t been resolved, a ‘minor’ issue should be ignored until they got worse? Oh please, if that what it takes to take care of a country, anyone would be able to do that.
    ‘Turn focus away’? Really, that’s such a horrible choice of word. I hate the fact that articles kept on twisting the fact like this. Just plain idiocy.

  • Sabiha Saeed

    great job Malysia we salute you from Pakistan, Never trust shias they are traitors and enemies of muslims see the situation in middle east …We here in Pakistan are paying huge price trusting these black scumbags