1 December 2017
December 1, 2017
Zamihan under internal probe, says home ministry
PETALING JAYA: The home ministry has launched an internal probe into Zamihan Mat Zin, who has been tasked with deradicalising militants, after the preacher questioned the government’s policy of cooperating with Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism.
However, Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed refused to give more details.
“We are considering several options, but there is no need to discuss it with the media or in public,” he told FMT.
Zamihan is an officer with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) but was seconded to the home ministry to carry out programmes for prisoners.
His speech at a mosque in October criticising the Johor sultan’s stand on a Muslim-only laundrette earned him the wrath of both the Selangor and Johor palace, following which his religious credentials or tauliah were revoked.
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi nonetheless defended Zamihan as an asset in the government’s efforts to combat terrorism.
But Zamihan’s criticism of the establishment of the King Salman Centre for International Peace (KSCIP) in Putrajaya did not sit well with some Umno leaders.
In his response, Nur Jazlan had chided Zamihan, asking him to “shut up or quit”.
18 October 2017
Zamihan: Reveal purported ‘godfather’ protecting me or face legal action
Preacher Zamihan Mat Zin has challenged Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad to reveal the “godfather” purportedly protecting him or face legal action.
“If it is true that I am protected by a ‘godfather’ then I challenge the Amanah leader to reveal who is this ‘godfather’ as claimed by him.
“Khalid’s statement is not only an attempt to sully my reputation but is seen as an opportunist move for him and the opposition in response to issues that have been sparked,” he said in a statement today.
However, Zamihan said if Khalid fails to prove his allegation, then it will show that the Amanah information chief is a liar.
“Therefore, I want Khalid Samad to issue an open apology over his malicious statement aimed at spoiling my reputation, failing which, I will instruct my lawyer to initiate legal action against him without prejudice.
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Home Ministry to review Zamihan’s secondment, says report
THE Home Ministry is reviewing the secondment of controversial preacher Zamihan Mat Zin to the Prisons Department following his remarks about a Muslim-only laundrette that were also critical of the Johor sultan, Deputy Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said.
Zamihan is a Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) officer who was seconded to the Home Ministry to work on rehabilitating radicalised inmates in Kajang Prison.
The preacher was remanded for two days and is being investigated under the Sedition Act over a lecture in which he criticised the Johor sultan’s decree against Muslim-only launderettes in the southern state.
His speech that went viral on the Internet, was made at a ceramah in a Selangor mosque, in which he said Muslims had to remain “pure” by not mixing their laundry with that of non-Muslims, whom he called “unhygienic”.
He also said it was not Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar’s right to ban Muslim-only laundrette in the state.
As his speech was made in a Selangor mosque, the state’s ruler, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, ordered the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Mais) to withdraw Zamihan’s preaching credentials.
Yesterday, Zamihan who is also president of the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Aswaja), apologised to the Selangor ruler.
Johor had earlier taken action over Zamihan’s remarks, including severing ties with Jakim. – October 18, 2017.
16 October 2017
Sultan of Selangor revokes Zamihan Mat Zin’s credentials. Wants mosques’ speaker volume lowered & all lectures to be recorded & monitored.
S’gor palace withdraws Zamihan’s accreditation (Mkini)
14 October 2017
Don’t deal with Jakim, Johor sultan tells state Islamic department. Johor sultan calls Zamihan ‘empty tin with no brains’
Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has called Islamic preacher Zamihan Mat Zin “an empty tin with no brains.”
This comes after Zamihan purportedly criticised the sultan over his objection to having Muslim-exclusive laundrettes.
“Several muftis and religious experts have come out with their own views and arguments about this matter, but unfortunately there was a speaker called Zamihan who criticised me and disparaged those muftis.
“The way he spoke was very arrogant and haughty, as if he is the only one who is right in scorning the other races.
“I consider him to be an empty tin without a brain,” Sultan Ibrahim said during the Tun Hussein Onn University convocation ceremony today, as reported by Sinar Harian.
However, Sultan Ibrahim said Zamihan lied when the latter attempted to deny what he said after the speech had gone viral and received public condemnation.
“Do not lie to me. After this, just lecture in front of the mirror to see who you are for yourself,” he said.
Sultan Ibrahim also asked for Johor’s Department of Islamic Affairs (JAINJ) to no longer have any dealings with the national Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
He said that Jakim does not need to issue their views to Johor, as religious matters fall under the purview of the state.
“If he (Zamihan) is truly a Jakim preacher, I do not know where Jakim picked him up from.
“After this, I will instruct JAINJ to no longer waste their time dealing with Jakim,” he said.
He claimed that he did not refer to Sultan Ibrahim in his lecture and that he held the Malay rulers in high regard. However, as Sultan Ibrahim was the only ruler to have voiced such objections, it is unlikely that Zamihan was referring to anybody else.
Zamihan had also said that he has not worked for Jakim for 13 years, but Jakim later said that he was still under their employ, though he had been seconded to the Home Ministry.
He is Jakim officer, Zamihan Mat Zin.
Zamihan said it was not the ruler’s right to declare that the Muslim-only laundrette would not be allowed in the state.
“I cannot accept this nonsense. This is Johor, which belongs to Bangsa Johor and it belongs to all races and faiths.
“This is a progressive, modern and moderate state,” he said at the time.
11 October 2017
Zamihan arrested for sedition
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) officer Zamihan Mat Zin was arrested at the Dang Wangi police headquarters today after going there to give his statement.
Criminal Investigation Department director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin confirmed the arrest which took place at 3.50pm.
An application will be made tomorrow morning for a remand order.
Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said earlier today that a police report had been lodged against the religious officer.
He added that Zamihan would be investigated for sedition, and that an investigation paper had been opened.
Zamihan Mat Zin to be investigated for sedition: IGP
Posted on 11 October 2017 – 12:45pm
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have initiated an investigation against the leader of a Muslim organisation for allegedly rebuking a “Sultan” for his statement on the Muslim-friendly laundrette.
Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said, the department received a police report yesterday against Sunni Organisation Malaysia (Aswaja) president, Zamihan Mat Zin (pix).
“We are investigating the case under Section 4 of the Sedition Act … There could be more police reports today,” he told reporters after attending an Integrity Talk at police training centre (Pulapol) here today.
When asked when will the religious leader to be hauled up by the police, Mohamad Fuzi refused to elaborate and insisted that the investigations are ongoing.
10 October 2017
Preacher denies criticising Johor sultan on Muslim launderettes
A FORMER government preacher and Prison Department religious officer today denied criticising the sultan of Johor, saying that he was merely giving his personal views on the need for Muslims to have a separate launderette to keep themselves pure.
In a religious lecture on Sunday in Shah Alam, Zamihan Mat Zin allegedly said it was not the right of Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar to ban Muslim-only launderettes in his state.
Zamihan said today he did not insult the sultan, and defended his right to share his personal views on the need for Muslims to remain religiously “clean” by not having their laundry mixed with those of non-Muslims, whom he termed as “unhygienic”.
“We are an exemplary Muslim nation, a modern Islamic country and a good example. Why should a Muslim-only launderette be banned? Our prime minister is Muslim, our kings are Muslims, the majority of our people are Muslim, so why does such a launderette need to be shut down and be treated this way?”
Zamihan also welcomed Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed’s statement that the government will launch an investigation into the incident.
“Firstly, anybody can come and investigate me. I am an honest officer, and I did not criticise or insult anybody in my speech,” he said.
“I was merely explaining my personal opinion, in support of Muslim launderettes to maintain purity.
“In order to fulfil our prayer obligations, we need to be pure. This is my personal comment in my lecture, and I didn’t even mention the Johor sultan. And there were no insulting words at all. In fact, I respect the view of the sultan of Johor,” he said.
Selepas kritik Sultan, Zamihan mohon ampun, serang media ‘jahat’
PETALING JAYA: Sehari selepas laporan mengenai kuliah agamanya mengkritik pendirian Sultan Johor mengenai dobi “mesra Islam” menjadi viral, Zamihan Mat Zin hari ini menyerang beberapa media sambil mendakwa difitnah, pada masa sama memohon ampun daripada Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.
Zamihan berkata kenyataan beliau atas kapasitinya sebagai presiden Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah Malaysia (Aswaja) dan bukan Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim), sambil menambah beliau tidak menggunakan perkataan “kasar” terhadap Sultan Johor.
“Bagaimanapun saya merafak sembah memohon kemaafan seandainya DYMM Tuanku Sultan Johor terasa hati dengan salah faham yang timbul: Ampun Tuanku. Saya juga bersedia mengadap Tuanku Sultan bila-bila masa saja dari sekarang jika diperkenankan DYMM Tuanku untuk memperjelaskan perkara sebenar dan memohon maaf secara berdepan dari hati ke hati,” kata Zamihan dalam kenyataannya hari ini.
Menurutnya, beliau sedia disiasat susulan kenyataan Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed semalam.
“Saya sedia untuk disiasat atas falsafah berani kerana benar dan takut kerana Allah.”
October 10, 2017
Home ministry to probe Jakim man for allegedly insulting Johor ruler
PETALING JAYA: The home ministry will probe a Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) officer for allegedly criticising the Johor sultan on Sunday.
Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed, in a text message, told FMT: “Home ministry will investigate the matter.”
Earlier, former minister Zaid Ibrahim had dared Umno ministers to act on the Jakim officer, Zamihan Mat Zin, for harshly criticising the Johor ruler.
Zamihan had allegedly criticised Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar for ordering a launderette to cease its Muslim-only policy in Muar, Johor, last month.
During a religious talk at Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah in Shah Alam on Sunday, Zamihan had said the order was not at all acceptable. A video of his speech has gone public.
Speaking to FMT, Zaid had said Zamihan’s harsh language was grounds for Umno ministers to take action, pointing out that Jamil Khir Baharom was not only an Umno minister but was also head of Jakim.
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We shall see whether they will sack this IS-inspired officer who have no respect for the Sultan and other race
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Zamihan to be probed for criticising Johor sultan over laundrette issue
The government will investigate an Islamic Development Department (Jakim) officer for criticising the stance taken by Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar against a Muslims-only laundrette in Johor.
Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed was quoted by The Sun Daily as saying that the government will “investigate and take action” against the officer, Zamihan Mat Zin.
Zamihan was previously a religious officer with the Home Ministry, but was transferred to Jakim last year after a row with Perlis mufti Asri Zainul Abidin.
In the latest incident, Zamihan criticised the Johor ruler in a religious lecture at the Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah in Shah Alam, for speaking out against a Muslim-only laundrette.
Zamihan said it was not the ruler’s right to declare that the Muslim-only laundrette would not be allowed in the state.
In the same lecture, he also called the Chinese community “unclean.”