PETALING JAYA: Preacher Zamihan Mat Zin, who made headlines recently, has a history of targeting Christians and those he calls “liberal” or “moderate” Muslims.
Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has since referred Zamihan to the disciplinary board following his alleged criticism of the Johor Sultan during a religious talk.
Meanwhile, the inspector-general of police confirmed that a police report had been lodged against Zamihan, who is a Jakim officer in the home ministry, currently serving at Kajang Prison
Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said he would be investigated under the Sedition Act.
Fuzisaid “the necessary action” would be taken against the Pertubuhan Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah Malaysia (Aswaja) president.
Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said he was picked up at the Dang Wangi police headquarters yesterday evening.
“We will remand him to facilitate further investigations,” he said yesterday.
Zamihan allegedly said in a recent video that it was wrong of the Johor Sultan to bar a Muslim-only launderette from operating in the state. In the video, he described Chinese people as being “unhygienic”.
Zamihan has since apologised to the ruler, claiming that the media had misquoted and slandered him. He has threatened to sue several portals, accusing them having a hidden agenda to create disunity among the people as well as to tarnish his image.
According to the English news portal, most of Zamihan’s statements can be found in video clips uploaded to the “OnLine Majlis Ilmu” YouTube channel, which has more than 27,000 subscribers.
He has also attacked moderate Islamic NGOs such as Sisters in Islam and he labels lawyer and activist Siti Kasim an apostate.
In another video, he claims it is wrong for Muslims to wish Christians “Merry Christmas” as they are kafir (infidels).
Zamihan urges his audience not to follow moderate Islam, which he says is “narrow”.