Mohamad Fuzi Harun says an investigation paper has been opened following a police report lodged against the Jakim officer.
KUALA LUMPUR: A religious officer who criticised the Johor Sultan for rebuking a Muslim-only laundrette and also made derogatory remarks about Chinese Malaysians’ hygiene will be investigated for sedition, the Inspector-General of Police said.
Mohamad Fuzi Harun said a police report was lodged against Zamihan Mat Zin, who is a Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) officer.
“We have not arrested him yet, but an investigation paper has been opened,” Fuzi told reporters at the Police Training Centre here.
Zamihan, in a religious talk that was uploaded on YouTube, criticised Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar for ordering a laundrette in Muar to cease its Muslim-only policy last month.
Addressing the congregation in Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah in Shah Alam on Sunday, Zamihan had said the order was not acceptable.
He claimed that non-Muslims and the Chinese, in particular, were unclean as they wiped themselves with toilet paper after using the toilet.
“What about the menstrual blood in their undergarments? They hug dogs, drink alcohol and that alcohol drips onto their clothes. They eat pork.
“All these activities are associated with them,” Zamihan said in the talk.
Earlier today, however, Zamihan denied being rude to the Johor Sultan, but issued an apology to the ruler.
He lashed out at the media, claiming he had been slandered and threatened legal action.
Sultan Ibrahim had last month warned a laundrette in Muar to stop its practice of allowing only Muslims to use its services or he would personally shut it down.
News of the laundrette, whose owner placed a “Only For Muslims” sign outside his shop, went viral on social media.
“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,” the Johor ruler was quoted as saying by The Star.
“This is not a Taliban state and as the head of Islam in Johor, I find this action to be totally unacceptable as it is extremist.”