14 May 2019
SEREMBAN: Barely 10 minutes after speaking on the need for Muslims to build relations with non-Muslims, preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu had an opportunity to illustrate what he meant.
Zamri, who is in the spotlight for allegedly insulting Hindus in a talk he gave last December, found himself defending FMT reporters, who included non-Muslims, who were asked to leave the mosque where the interview was being held.
This was the sort of thing he had criticised Muslims for in his December speech.
An upset mosque committee member told us to leave in the midst of our interview. This did not sit well with Zamri, who told the elder to take a better approach.
“Some of these people are non-Muslims, and this approach does not reflect Islamic values,” he told the man.
He then turned to us to apologise.
“There are people like this everywhere, brother. You cannot stop it.”
Such misunderstanding of what Islam represents, he says, is something he tries to dispel when he visits churches, temples, and gurdwaras under his One Centre Malaysia outfit.
“If we get close to the non-Muslims, they’ll have room to understand our thinking and views. So this is an effort that needs to be made.”
But misunderstandings seem to follow Zamri.
He said his recent arrest and four-day detention was the result of some people’s misinterpretation of the December talk. He maintained he was merely speaking about his personal journey of conversion and lamented that some quarters chose to see it as an insult.
This wasn’t his first encounter with the police, having been investigated for rape and criminal breach of trust, allegations he says are baseless and for which he has never been charged.
In his recent run-in with the law, he was accused of insulting the Hindu faith. Some say the insult was in his reference to a Hindu belief in 330 million gods.
“I don’t know where the insult was,” he said, adding that he was only repeating what was said by a book on Hinduism by a Malaysian Hindu writer.
He also said insulting other beliefs is not his style of preaching.
He said the speech he gave to worshippers in a mosque last December was based on his own experience.
When asked how he would feel if the tables were turned and he had to listen to an apostate giving reasons for leaving Islam, Zamri said he would regard that person’s testimony as a personal view.
“If there are inaccurate facts, I will correct him. That should be a better and more positive approach.” He cited a book he had published to address common questions and misconceptions about Islam.
“If we want to be civilised, our methods must be good,” he said. “If we just react, then no one learns anything. In Malaysia, we need to learn to be more mature. Emotional attitudes won’t take us anywhere.”
Zamri is a protege of Indian-born preacher Zakir Naik. He said he admired those who take an academic, factual and intellectual approach and mentioned Dr Mahathir Mohamad as one of them.
“There are some things I disagree with him on, but I respect his thinking,” he added.
On Naik, Zamri said the preacher had been unfairly targeted by the Narendra Modi administration and would likely be charged under a law as draconian as Malaysia’s defunct Internal Security Act if he were extradited to India.
He said this was why he believed India should charge Naik in an international court.
On whether he plans to debunk claims that he is a racist, Zamri said there was no need to do anything as his track record, which could be seen through his Facebook page or the One Centre Malaysia website, would prove that he isn’t.
4 May 2019
Perlis police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Noor Mushar Mohamad said Zamri also had a criminal record.
“He is being investigated for voluntarily causing hurt, for criminal breach of trust and over a rape case,” said SAC Noor Mushar.
Married preacher arrested in Seremban for raping 20-year-old
Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018
SEREMBAN: Police have arrested a preacher, who is also the head of a religious youth movement, for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman.
The suspect is also the head of a state government agency set up to carry out preaching activities.
The man, in his 30s, had allegedly committed the offence in another state on March 9.
He had allegedly raped the woman in his house in a northern state while his wife and child were away.
A source said he was arrested in Perlis on Monday evening (July 23).
The suspect had taken the victim for lunch on the day of the alleged rape and they both then returned to his house.
He then took a shower and watched television with the victim. The suspect allegedly raped the woman in the living room.
The case is being investigated under Section 376 of the Penal Code for rape.
State police chief DCP Datuk Noor Azam Jamaluddin confirmed the arrest on Wednesday (July 25) when contacted.
It is learnt that the suspect has been remanded until July 29.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/07/25/married-preacher-arrested-in-seremban-for-raping-20year-old/#q7D6pTC8ZEWBuFTm.99
Pendakwah bebas ditahan merogol
Rabu, 25 Julai 2018 3:47 PM
SEREMBAN: Seorang pendakwah bebas yang juga presiden sebuah badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) berkaitan Islam ditahan polis kerana disyaki merogol seorang wanita berusia 20 tahun awal Mac lalu.
Menurut sumber, pendakwah sebuah pertubuhan NGO yang popular itu ditahan di rumahnya di Perlis pada Isnin lalu setelah wanita berusia 20 tahun itu membuat laporan polis.
Katanya, kejadian berlaku di rumah pendakwah tersebut di Seremban semasa isteri dan anaknya tiada di rumah.
“Pada awalnya suspek membawa mangsa keluar makan dan kemudian pulang ke rumah untuk mandi serta menonton televisyen.
“Mangsa kemudiannya dirogol di rumahnya di bahagian ruang tamu,” katanya.
Sementara itu, Ketua Polis Negeri, Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin mengesahkan menerima laporan tersebut.
Kes akan disiasat mengikut Seksyen 376 Kanun Keseksaan.
Suspek kini ditahan reman sehingga 29 Julai. – Sinar Harian
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Preacher denies insulting Hinduism, claims issue stirred by anti-Islam groups
Preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu, who was last Sunday arrested for allegedly insulting Hinduism, had denied committing such an offence.
“Many have accused me of insulting but many do not realise that those accusing me are the ones who are insulting.
“I was the real victim in the issue which was played up by irresponsible groups who are anti-Islam and anti-Malays,” he said in a statement.
Muhammad Zamri thanked the police for being professional, noting that some of them were also Hindus but acted in accordance with the law.
However, he said he was disappointed that he was remanded for four days despite not having any intention to insult Hinduism.
Muhammad Zamri also claimed that Pakatan Harapan ministers such as P Waythamoorthy, M Kulasegaran and Deputy Penang Chief Minister P Ramasamy had insulted Islam and Malays but did not face action.
“There was not a single arrest despite the thousands of police reports,” he said.
Muhammad Zamri was arrested after several police reports were lodged against him over a sermon he gave in Kelantan which was subsequently uploaded on the internet.
In the sermon, he said he left Hinduism due to its polytheism and idol worship practice.
The remark was made in passing as he criticised some Muslims, stating that some of his Hindu family members had better morals.
Among others, he cited the example of Muslims chasing non-Muslims from mosques.
2 May 2019
PETALING JAYA: Muslim preacher Zamri Vinoth is in trouble with the law apparently because he made a passing reference to what he described as “illogical” Hindu practices in a talk that was largely critical of Muslims.
The leader of the group that made the first police report against him, Arun Doraisamy, told FMT Hindus were offended by a remark about their worship of a multiplicity of deities.
In that segment of the talk, Zamri said one of the reasons he left Hinduism was that he couldn’t make sense of a belief in “330 million gods” and the “worship of stone objects to which food is then offered”.
Zamri was arrested last Sunday for allegedly insulting Hinduism while giving a talk at a mosque in Kelantan on Dec 30.
In speaking of a Muslim’s duty to introduce the religion to others, he referred to his own angst over his failure to convert members of his own family and some of his close friends.
He said some of them had better morals than many Muslims. “I don’t feel they deserve to go to hell,” he added.
He criticised Muslims who didn’t care to preach the religion, calling them “selfish”, and he denounced those whose attitudes were repellent to non-Muslims.
He said: “Have you seen newspaper reports about two non-Muslims entering a mosque and being chased away with a broom?”
He also spoke of Muslims who would try to shut up non-Muslims approaching them with questions they could not answer because of their failure to educate themselves about their own religion.
“They won’t ask the easy questions,” he said. “They’ll ask questions that are important to them. For example, why did Prophet Muhammad marry a nine-year-old girl? How would you answer that?”
Some ignorant Muslims, he said, would respond with aggressive statements like, “You are not Muslim. It’s not your business to ask about Islam.”
He said many Muslims did not embody the real teachings of Islam in their daily lives.
“Imagine a non-Muslim looking at Muslims in Malaysia. Do you feel they would come towards or keep away from the religion?”
Arun, who leads a Hindu group called Agamam Ani Malaysia, said Zamri’s insulting remarks about Hinduism had “no place in peaceful Malaysia”.
He also criticised Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin’s stance on the issue as “an insult” to the institution of muftis.
Zamri’s arrest triggered a Facebook post by Asri in which he said “current political realities” allowed Muslims to be bullied.
He accused the Putrajaya administration of holding a double standard, saying it had not acted against government leaders who made statements offensive to Muslims.
“Many statements insulting Muslims have been made by individuals who are members of the current government, creating racial tension, but they were only called to give a statement,” he said.
30 April 2019
Asri defended Vinoth, described as a student of controversial preacher Zakir Naik, claiming that the former had contributed to building good inter-religious relations and was arrested for merely “sharing his personal experience in converting to Islam”.
KUALA LUMPUR: A freelance Muslim preacher held for allegedly insulting Hinduism has been brought from Kangar to Dang Wangi here for further investigation as hundreds of reports were lodged against him.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the suspect was transferred here while investigation was in progress.
Mohammad Zamri Vinoth, 34, was picked up by the Perlis Serious Crime Division in Kangar on Sunday after reports were lodged against him.Investigation revealed that he had given a speech containing the alleged insult at As-Siddiqin Mosque in Kampung Panchor, Kelantan, on Dec 30 last year.
The footage of the talk was subsequently uploaded on YouTube by an organisation known as Kelantan Sunnah Info.
29 April 2019
KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 — The number of police reports against controversial preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu for denigrating Hinduism has now risen to 867, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
He said the number was current as of 8am today.
“Investigation proceedings have already begun and he will be called in for questioning, if and when the need arises,” Fuzi said after officiating the new Brickfields district police headquarters along Jalan Travers.
Muhammad Zamri, a disciple of Islamic televangelist Dr Zakir Naik, was recorded allegedly insulting Hinduism during a religious lecture. A Kelantanese organisation called Info Sunnah released the video on social media.
The preacher was arrested early yesterday morning in Kangar, Perlis, and is being investigated under Section 298A of the Penal Code as well as Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for disrupting harmony and transmitting offensive communications
It is understood Zamri, a Muslim convert, was picked up by the Perlis division of the Criminal Investigation Department’s serious crime unit.
Seberang Perai Tengah police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid reportedly said the case is being handled by police in Wangsa Maju.
28 April 2019
Controversial Muslim preacher Zamri Vinoth nabbed in Perlis for remarks against Hinduism (VIDEO)
PETALING JAYA: A 34-year-old Muslim preacher was arrested in Perlis on Sunday (April 28) for insulting Hinduism.
The man, identified as Mohammad Zamri Vinoth, an associate of controversial preacher Zakir Naik, was detained by the Perlis Serious Crime (D9) division following several reports lodged against him.
Perlis police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Noor Mushar Mohamad said the suspect is being investigated under Section 298A of the Penal Code for causing disunity and spurring hatred among the people and Section 233 of Multimedia and Communications Act for misusing network facilities and services.
“The suspect also has a criminal record. We are investigating the matter further,” he said when contacted Sunday (April 28).
Seberang Perai Tengah district police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid also said the police had received 13 reports against the man since Tuesday (April 23).
“According to the complainants, the man, via a 70-second video clip posted on social media, had uttered blasphemous statements against Hinduism that can cause disharmony and it is also against the law,” he said.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/04/28/zakir-naik-associate-arrested-in-perlis-for-insulting-hinduism/#jcB9luwVuOGhZRoX.99
PETALING JAYA: Controversial Muslim preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu, who has frequently supported Indian preacher Zakir Naik, was arrested by police today.
This followed several police reports lodged against him for allegedly insulting Hinduism.
Perlis police chief Noor Mushar Mohd said Zamri, 35, was arrested by the Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (D9) in front of a restaurant in Arau at 2.30am.
Zamri is being investigated under Section 298A of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act for allegedly disrupting harmony and uttering offensive words during a religious lecture.
Police investigations found that he had made the speech at the As Siddiqin Mosque in Kampung Panchor, Kelantan, on Dec 30 last year.
The 57-minute talk was subsequently uploaded on YouTube site by Kelantan’s Sunnah Info.
In August 2017, Zamri had triggered controversy during Friday prayers at the Kampung Rawa Mosque in Penang when he did not follow the original sermon.
He later issued a statement apologising to the congregation, explaining that it was the first time he was reading a sermon.
Over the past few days, several NGOs and individuals have lodged police reports against Zamri for allegedly insulting Hinduism.
Zamri is also the president of Angkatan Skuad Mubaligh Malaysia.