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.
14 October 2017
What about other states, Malaysians ask after Johor sultan cuts ties with Jakim
MALAYSIANS are wondering if other states would be so bold as to follow the Johor sultan’s lead in cutting off ties with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar decreed that the federal religious authority would no longer advise the Johor Islamic Religious Department after one of Jakim’s officers, Zamihan Mat Zin criticised the sultan’s prohibition of religious segregation, while also mocking the other races in a lecture that has gone viral.
Many Malaysians took to Facebook and Twitter today to praise the sultan for making yet another gutsy move against religious extremism in the interest of interfaith harmony.
Well-known human rights lawyer Siti Kasim also lauded the sultan, asking when the other states would do the same.
“Perhaps only the Sultans can save us from the madness we are having with these religious extremists. After all their the Heads of Islam!!” she wrote on Facebook.
Earlier today, Sultan Ibrahim asserted that religion came under state jurisdiction and that Johor religious authority would no longer have dealings with the federal religious body
The royal command came following Wednesday’s arrest of preacher Zamiha, who is now under investigation for sedition over a lecture in which he criticised the sultan’s decree against a Muslim-only launderette in Muar.
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.