NGO members sue govt, cops over ‘inaction’ against preacher Zamri

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Two NGO members have filed a lawsuit against the government and police for alleged failure to act against controversial preacher Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu over statements that purportedly insulted other races and religions.

A Radhakrishnan and C Arunkumar claimed that the government and police failed to exercise their duties to maintain peace in the country by refusing to take any action against Zamri.

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They said that Zamri posted nine videos on his social media accounts that touched on the sensitivity of Hindus in the country.

“There were 800 police reports, including from us, lodged against him over the videos,” they said in the suit.

“We believe that he is a threat to the nation’s security, peace and harmony as he is a person that encourages violence and would threaten the members of the public.”

Radhakrishnan and Arunkumar claimed that police did not conduct a thorough investigation against Zamri based on the police reports lodged.

“Thus, we seek a court declaration that Zamri is a threat to the country’s safety and we also move the court to issue a police order to arrest and investigate him,” they said.

They also demanded that Zamri apologise to Hindus in the country and pay RM1 million in damages to their NGOs – Pertubuhan Hindhu Dharma Malaysia and the Malaysian Hindu Youth Council.

An individual, S Shashi Kumar, is also seeking to initiate a private prosecution against Zamri and another preacher, Firdaus Wong, for allegedly insulting non-Muslims.

During case mention for Shashi’s bid to commence private prosecution in April, the public prosecutor told the Shah Alam magistrates’ court they have no plans to charge Wong and Zamri.

The prosecution said the cases against the duo have been classified under “no further action” or NFA. – FMT