KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 — The Home Ministry must act against preacher Zamihan Mat Zin for describing the ethnic Chinese as a people with a propensity to live in filth, MCA Youth said today.
MCA Youth secretary-general Leong Kim Soon said the preacher who conducts deradicalisation programmes for the Home Ministry claimed the Chinese were “unhygienic” and prone to “not washing up after defecating and urinating”.
“Any person in the right mind would not shoot off such trash from his mouth. Such remarks are the least expected from one working with a religious authority, as people expect religious authority to encourage goodwill among multiracial Malaysians.
“Our country simply cannot and must not tolerate such religious discrimination, lest we descend towards theocratisation of the nation,” he said in a statement.
Leong then commended the police for arresting Zamihan, whom the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) claimed as an officer yesterday even after he said he had not been with the agency for 13 years.
Zamihan was arrested under the Sedition Act after he made remarks critical of “a Sultan” over the handling of a Muslim-only laundry.
He was reported as referring to the Sultan of Johor, but sought to deny this by saying he never mentioned any Malay Ruler by name, despite using the terms “Afghanistan” and “Taliban” in his remarks.
Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar 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.
Zamihan, who is the president of Sunni Organisation Malaysia (Aswaja), yesterday also urged the police to investigate a media outlet for sedition over its report on his remarks made during a religious lecture at the Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah in Shah Alam on Sunday.
Police will apply to hold Zamihan in remand today.