The DAP has filed a police report against controversial Muslim preacher Zamihan Mat Zin while human rights lawyer Siti Kasim appeals to Malaysians to stand with her and speak out against rising extremism.
DAP Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng has lodged a police report against Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) officer Zamihan Mat Zin for labelling Christian as infidels and Malaysian Chinese as unclean.
Lim said the accusations by Zamihan could damage racial harmony besides humiliating the non-Muslims.
Quoting a report in The Star, he said Zamihan had a history of targeting Christians and moderate Muslims, accusing them of being infidels and apostates.
“His accusations are very serious,” he told reporters after making his report at the Dang Wangi police station yesterday.
He urged the police to investigate Zamihan, who is also president of the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah, under Section 298A of the Penal Code Act which provides for a minimum jail sentence of two years and a maximum of five years.
In a statement on Wednesday night, Jakim director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha confirmed the preacher also works as its caderisation officer, attached to the Home Ministry in the Kajang Prison.
Othman added that Jakim’s disciplinary board is conducting an internal inquiry on Zamihan.
Zamihan was arrested by the police on Wednesday and remanded for two days for investigation under the Sedition Act over a talk he gave at a mosque in Shah Alam last Sunday.
A video of the talk was uploaded on YouTube.
In his comments, Zamihan appeared to criticise the Johor Sultan for rebuking the operator of a Muslim-only laundrette in Muar.
He also made derogatory remarks about the hygiene of Chinese Malaysians.
Meanwhile, vocal human rights lawyer Siti Kasim has appealed to Malaysians to stand with her and speak out against rising extremism in the country’s religious institutions.
In a 5.47-minute video posted on her Facebook page as well as uploaded on YouTube on Wednesday night, Siti urged Muslim and non-Muslim citizens to “take a further step” to address the “clear and present danger to our society” after an “ustad” came under fire for criticising a royal decree against a Muslim-only launderette and denigrating ethnic Chinese as “impure”.
“Is it only me or does anyone else feel this dread of extremism covering over our beloved Malaysia these days?” she asked at the start of the clip.
“It seems the extremists and radicals are everywhere these days stopping at nothing to have others bow to their demands and take the rights of others away,” she continued, citing examples such as the recent successful objections to non-Muslims holding events with alcohol and the ban against the book ‘Islam Without Extremes’.
In a separate posting on her Facebook account later, Siti named one “Zamihan Md Zin” as among several preachers who had accused her of being “murtad” or apostate.
In the video, she also expressed her gratitude to the Conference of Rulers for their statement on Oct 11 denouncing extremists and extremism.
But she maintained that Malaysians must also demand their government take action and “weed out such extremists and radicals and their teachings from our society and especially from our religious institutions” to preserve the country’s peace, harmony, moderation, inclusiveness, and respect among its peoples.
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