UNREPENTANT ZAMIHAN READY TO APOLOGIZE TO JOHOR SULTAN BUT NOT TO THE ‘UNHYGIENIC’ CHINESE: AS IGP CONFIRMS SEDITION PROBE, MUSLIM PREACHER BLAMES MEDIA

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslim preacher Zamihan Mat Zin will be investigated under the Sedition Act, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

He said that as of Tuesday, one report had been lodged against the Pertubuhan Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah Malaysia (Aswaja) president.

On whether Zamihan would be called in to give his statement, Mohamad Fuzi said that all the necessary action would be taken.

“It is a normal process which I cannot elaborate on,” he told reporters after attending a talk at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) on Wednesday.

 In the same video, Zamihan labelled Chinese people as being “unhygienic”.

In a statement on Wednesday, Zamihan said he would take legal action against news portals if they do not retract and apologise for their articles over the video, claiming he never mentioned the name of the Johor Sultan and neither did he use any abusive or seditious words.

He said that he would give a number of news portals, as well as former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, seven days to retract their articles and to publicly apologise to him.

“If they fail to do so, I will take legal action against them for defaming me without prejudice,” Zamihan said in a statement Wednesday.

The Home Ministry on Tuesday said that it would also be investigating Zamihan over the viral video.

READY TO APOLOGIZE TO THE SULTAN

MEANWHILE, according to Malaysiakini:

Zamihan said he held the Malay rulers in high regard and had once presented a talk on “Syiah threats” during the Conference of Rulers in October 2013.

“Furthermore, the Johor ruler is someone who is close (to) the people and is steadfast to the Sunni teachings. Therefore it is impossible that I will use words that will insult the Johor ruler.

“However, I ask for forgiveness if the Johor ruler is upset over this misunderstanding. Ampun Tuanku,” he said.

Blames liberals, media

Zamihan, who heads Pertubuhan Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah Malaysia (Aswaja), accused the media of character assassination by accusing him of insulting the ruler.

He claimed that these media reports tried to cause discord among Malaysia’s different ethnic groups and called for an investigation into the “republican agenda” of the “liberal Muslims” who want to abolish the monarchy.

He also criticised Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin and Federal Territories mufti Zulkifli Mohamad for objecting to the Muslim-only launderette.

Zamihan clarified that he has not worked for the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) office for 13 years and that he had delivered the lecture in his personal capacity.

The allegedly inflammatory speech saw Zamihan criticising those who disagreed with the existence of a “Muslim-only” laundrette and mentioned “tuanku” without naming the ruler concerned.

A case for ‘cleanliness’

However, it was Sultan Ibrahim who decreed that Johor cannot have a laundrette that is exclusive to Muslims. This has received the backing of other Malay rulers yesterday.

Excerpts of Zamihan’s speech are as follows:

Dobi mesra Muslim. Benda kecik bising seluruh dunia. Ada sultan kata dobi mesra Muslim tidak wajar ada di negeri beta. Ini bukan Afghanistan, negeri Taliban, zam-zam alakazam.

Tak patut tuanku cakap macam itu. Patutnya dobi mesra Muslim ini menunjukkan orang Islam mementingkan suci lagi menyucikan.”

(Tuanku should not have said so. The Muslim-friendly laundrette shows that Muslims prioritise cleanliness [as a religious obligation].)

Zamihan said Muslims required clothes that are free from “najis” (filth) to perform obligations such as prayer or the studying of the Quran.

To back his argument for a Muslim-friendly launderette, Zamihan said the clothing of the ethnic Chinese might be tainted by alcohol, dogs, pork and even excrement.

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