Muslim preacher arrested for sedition

Arrest - file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslim preacher Zamihan Mat Zin has been arrested in connection with investigations for sedition, reports The Star.

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd confirmed yesterday the preacher was arrested at the Dang Wangi police headquarters and that the police would apply to remand him this morning.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun was earlier reported as saying Zamihan would be investigated under the Sedition Act over a video clip which was posted online showing the preacher allegedly saying it was wrong of Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar to prohibit a Muslim-only laundrette from operating in the state.

In the same video, Zamihan labelled Chinese people as being “unhygienic”.

In a statement yesterday, Zamihan said he would take legal action against news portals if they do not retract and apologise for their articles over the video, claiming he never mentioned the name of the Sultan of Johor and neither did he use any abusive or seditious words.

Meanwhile, The Star also reported that Zamihan has a history of targeting Christians and those he labels ‘liberal’ or ‘moderate’ Muslims, as well as moderate Islamic NGOs such as Sisters in Islam.

Most of his statements can be found in video clips uploaded to a YouTube channel, which has more than 27,000 subscribers.

In one video uploaded in April, he labeled lawyer and activist Siti Kasim an apostate.

In another video last December, he claimed it is wrong for Muslims to wish Christians “Merry Christmas” as they are kafir (infidels).