Hindu Groups Ask A-G: Why No Charge Against Preacher Zamri Vinoth?

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Hindu groups are growing frustrated with the inaction of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) in charging controversial Muslim preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu.

A group of them today submitted a memorandum to Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, urging them to charge Zamri for making statements insulting to Hinduism during a religious lecture which went viral on social media.

Arun Dorasamy, adviser to Hindu association Agamam Ani, said they are asking action or at least an official explanation as to why Zamri had not been charged yet.

“We are seeking an official explanation or immediate action to be taken. The police have already finished their investigation and have already given their recommendation to charge him,” he said outside the AGC in Putrajaya, where the group had delivered the memorandum.

Arun and some 20 representatives of Hindu groups were met by an AGC public relations officer.

The officer accepted the memorandum on Thomas’ behalf and listened to their grouses.

“Over a thousand police reports have been made about this, so why is the A-G waiting? That’s what we want to know,” Arun said.

He said since police have recommended that Zamri be charged under Section 298A of the Penal Code as well as Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for disrupting harmony and transmitting offensive communications, it is now incumbent upon the AGC to bring the charges against Zamri.

Arun said anyone who insults any religion should be punished.

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“If this was a someone insulting Islam, they will be charged and sentenced within days, this is the perception of the public, so the A-G needs to change this perception,” he said.

He said Agamam Ani will send a memorandum to Parliament if no action is taken.

Zamri Vinoth, who converted to Islam, is a follower of controversial Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik, who is wanted in his native India on money laundering and hate speech charges.

Zakir has been accused of denigrating other faiths and being a threat to Malaysia’s multiethnic and multicultural harmony.

However, Putrajaya has said Zakir who is a Malaysian permanent resident is free to move about in the country as he has not broken any of its laws. – TMI