Zamihan Mat Zin criticised the Johor sultan’s stand on a Muslim-only laundrette.
He was arrested and investigated for sedition.
The Sultan of Selangor revoked his teaching credentials. The Sultan of Johor Ibrahim called him an “empty tin can without any brains”.
Zahid Hamidi praised him as an “important asset” and “rehabilitation expert”.
23 August 2018
PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya has terminated the contract of Zamihan Mat Zin, the controversial religious officer seconded to the Prisons Department for its deradicalisation programmes.
The decision by the home ministry comes a year after Zamihan, who was an officer with the Department of Islamic Development, or Jakim, angered the Johor ruler with a speech defending a laundrette in the state which banned non-Muslim customers over “hygiene” reasons.
Deputy Home Minister Azis Jamman told FMT that Zamihan’s contract, which was supposed to run until June 2019, has ended.
Then home minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had previously defended Zamihan, hailing him as an “important asset” and “rehabilitation expert”.
When contacted, Zamihan denied he was under any contract, saying he was appointed to the home ministry’s panel of rehabilitation officers.
“I was appointed as a deradicalisation officer in the home ministry for two years by Zahid in June 2017 until 2019,” he said, adding his appointment was still “valid”.
“Some 46 individuals from different backgrounds were appointed with me as the head. The new government doesn’t have the power to cancel the appointment.”
He said the deradicalisation programme was still being carried out though not as lively as before.
Zamihan also revealed that following Mujahid Yusof Rawa’s appointment as a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department which oversees Jakim, he was asked to transfer from the home ministry to Jakim in 24 hours.
“I am a Jakim officer, before this I was loaned to the home ministry,” he said, adding he received the order to return to Jakim in June.
He added he wasn’t clear as to why he was asked to return to Jakim and that his efforts to get an explanation from Jakim’s human resources department also yielded no answers.
“You have to ask the Jakim director-general and the minister, only they have the answers, I also don’t know.”
11 June 2018
Published on Jun 10, 2018
Detainees expose government preacher’s vulgar attack on Mat Sabu, Nurul Izzah
Family members of Sosma detainees want action against Zamihan Mat Zin over a speech in which he attacked the present government, including making lewd remarks on PH leaders.
KUALA LUMPUR: Several family members of detainees at the Sungai Buloh Prison have lodged police reports against government religious officer Zamihan Mat Zin over a speech in which he made lewd remarks on Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders and attacked the coalition’s manifesto.
Zamihan, an officer of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), has been seconded to the home ministry to conduct rehabilitation programmes for suspects detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).
In their reports, they said Zamihan during a programme on May 31 at the Sungai Buloh Prison, condemned PH leaders as hypocrites and passed lewd remarks at Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu and Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar.
Giving an example, they said Zamihan was explaining how the insertion of an object into the anus, such as during an anoscopy procedure, would not nullify one’s Ramadan fast.
“But you will see Mat Sabu and Nurul Izzah inside the anus,” said the report quoting a line allegedly uttered by Zamihan.
“These hypocrite leaders have not fulfilled their manifesto, and broke their promise to bring down petrol prices. The present national leaders are no different from those previously,” he was quoted as saying in the police report.
Zamihan in his speech had also questioned Anwar Ibrahim, accusing the PKR de facto leader of quoting verses from the Quran to fulfil his “liberal” agenda.
The police reports against Zamihan, lodged on Saturday at the Setapak police station, also said Zamihan had told detainees not to waste time appointing lawyers to defend themselves.
He said detainees should just plead guilty because they were terrorists, and also told them that Sosma would not be repealed.
A lawyer for the five Sosma detainees, Faizal Rahman, said police should act quickly to investigate Zamihan.
Families of Sosma suspects report Zamihan over forced confession, slander
They say the controversial preacher had made unfounded accusations against leaders of the current government during prison sessions with detainees.
KUALA LUMPUR: Family members of Sosma detainees have accused controversial government religious officer Zamihan Mat Zin of forcing them into confession during rehabilitation sessions.
It is learnt that five police reports have been lodged against Zamihan, who has been seconded to the home ministry by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
Lawyers representing the families of the detainees said among the complaints against Zamihan were pressuring detainees to confess under Sosma, the acronym for Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, a controversial security law used mainly against terrorism suspects.
They also said Zamihan had been making unfounded allegations against Pakatan Harapan leaders.
Zamihan, who heads a group called Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah which, among others, wants Malaysian Muslims to only follow Shafi’i Islam, has been tasked by prison officials to conduct rehabilitation programmes for Sosma detainees at the Sungai Buloh Prison.