KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 ― The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) was today ordered to investigate preacher Zamihan Mat Zin for his controversial talk at the Tengku Ampuan Jemaah mosque in Bukit Jelutong last Saturday.
The department had yesterday temporarily banned the preacher from delivering any lecture at any of the state mosques and suraus with immediate effect, following Zamihan’s arrest and detention under Section 4 of the Sedition Act 1948.
Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) chairman Datuk Mohamad Adzib Mohd Isa who issued the order said Zamihan’s views which were allegedly critical of royalty did not reflect the state Islamic authorities’ stance, New Straits Times reported on its website today.
“We would like to stress that religious speakers in Selangor must adhere to provisions stipulated in the regulation.
“This includes not giving religious talks that would bring about hatred, insult or could show insolence towards the sultan, Selangor government, federal government or the state religious authorities.
“This also includes talks that could create prejudice, hostility between races and people in Malaysia,” Mohamad Adzib was quoted saying.
He said the investigation should abide by the Credentials Regulation (Selangor state) 2008.
He also said the council has ordered the management in state mosques and suraus to ensure all religious talks abide by the Mosque and Surau Regulations (Selangor state) 2017.
Zamihan, president of the Sunni Organisation Malaysia, was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly complaining about “a sultan” who had criticised a Muslim-only laundry in Johor.
He is currently under police remand, which expires tomorrow.
He is also a caderisation officer in the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) who was assigned to the Malaysian Prison Department’s headquarters.
Jakim has said it is conducting an internal inquiry into Zamihan’s talk and the latter may face disciplinary action.