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‘Dirty laundry’ preacher detained in Malaysia




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The Muslim preacher Zamihan Mat Zin who went on a rampage against a Sultan and later attacked the media for reporting his insanities has been remanded for two days over his speech that went viral in Malaysia.

The Pertubuhan Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah Malaysia (Aswaja) president was arrested on Wednesday at the Dang Wangi police headquarters.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun had earlier said a police report had been lodged against Zamihan and that he would be investigated under the Sedition Act.

“Such remarks are the least expected from one working with a religious authority as people expect religious authorities to encourage goodwill among multiracial Malaysians,” said MCA Youth secretary-general Datuk Leong Kim Soon in a statement.

The preacher has a track record of targeting Christians and those he labels “liberal” or “moderate” Muslims.

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Most of his statements can be found in a series of video clips uploaded to the “OnLine Majlis Ilmu” YouTube channel, which has more than 27,000 subscribers, said The Star.

In one video, uploaded in April, he labelled lawyer and activist Siti Kassim an apostate.

He said this was because Christians were “kafirs” (infidels), while he also attacked those he considers Muslim liberals.

Prior to his arrest, the preacher said he was not afraid if his statement was recorded on video, was manipulated or was doctored: “I am not afraid.” he said, adding he is not frightened to criticise those on top, even the Sultan.

“Some people will send the video to the authorities, but I am not afraid because I am speaking the truth,” he said, launching an attack against the Chinese community in the process: ‘Cina kencing berak tak basuh’ (The Chinese do not clean themselves after they relieve themselves in the toilet), he lambasted.

He then explained how Muslims use the toilet, by not letting any defalcation or pee get into their clothing.

He added that Muslim clothes could not be allowed to mix with that of non-Muslims as the Muslims had to make sure their clothes were clean when they go to prayer.

“We wear our clothes for us to pray, to recite the Holy book the Quran, to go for Haj…how can we mix our clothing with that the non-Muslims?” he asked.

He then questioned whether the ‘period’ of Chinese ladies that could spill in their clothes, those holding their dogs, drink alcohol, eat pork, and pork soup. All this is synonym with them,” Zamihan said.

Zamihan, however, said the issue involving the laundry was exaggerated by the enemies of Islam and became a problem when it was reviewed by the Sultan as the head of Islam in Johor.

He also threatened to sue the newspapers in Malaysia that reported his statement on the ‘dirty laundry’, adding that his speech was distorted and misrepresented.

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