KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 — The Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) has confirmed today that Muslim preacher Zamihan Mat Zin works as its caderisation officer, attached with the Home Ministry in the Kajang Prison.
Director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha said Jakim has called Zamihan up this morning to explain allegation that he had insulted a Malay ruler, and the department has since referred the case to its disciplinary board.
“Jakim takes seriously the lecture delivered by Zamihan, a Jakim caderisation officer in Home Ministry placed in the Kajang Prison. His lecture uploaded on YouTube was accused of containing elements criticising His Majesty the Sultan of Johor,” Othman said in a statement.
In a statement earlier today, Zamihan claimed he had left his post in Jakim 13 years ago, but had insisted to keep his current post secret.
He had accused the media of intentionally associating him with Jakim in a report to tarnish Islam’s image and sow hatred.
Zamihan was arrested today and will be remanded tomorrow, under the Sedition Act 1948 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
Zamihan was recorded criticising “a Sultan” for the latter’s actions over a Muslim-only laundry.
He was also caught on video making racist remarks about the Chinese, calling them “unhygienic” for not washing up after urinating and defecating, and for consuming alcohol and pork.
He denied today that he was referring to the Sultan of Johor as reported, claiming that he never mentioned any Malay Ruler by name, despite using the terms “Afghanistan” and “Taliban” in his remarks.
Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar previously said during an interview that Johor was not a “Taliban” state and that the laundry owner should “migrate to Afghanistan” if the latter was unhappy with a directive to end the discriminatory policy.