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Published: Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 7:21:11 AM

Cops to give Jakim a hand to stem spread of Syiah activities

KUALA LUMPUR: The police will work with the Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) on implementing a proposal for a team of policemen on Syariah matters as well as monitor Syiah activities.

“We still have a few details to iron out with Jakim before we can implement this (the team),” Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lions Club International at Bukit Aman here yesterday.

Under Syariah laws, Khalid said police had certain enforcement powers but that there were still issues to be discussed, adding that he hoped to put the initiative into place as soon as possible.

Earlier, after launching the United Against Crime Through Eyes in the Sky programme in Shah Alam, he said the force wanted to work closely with Jakim on monitoring Syiah activities.

“We want to ensure that this problem does not become worse and that these groups do not grow bigger or turn militant,” he said.

The Home Ministry, added Khalid, had revealed links between PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and Syiah, which is considered deviant in Malaysia, in order to remind people of the dangers of letting the teachings spread.

“Look at what happened in Syria, Iraq and Pakistan. When these groups grow bigger, they will turn militant. Then, there will be clashes between Syiah and Sunni groups. Do we want this to happen here?” he said.

Police, he said, knew that many people had started to follow Syiah teachings in the country, adding that some of those arrested by its counter-terrorism unit were involved.

On Thursday night, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had said that the ministry was studying a proposal to set up a special police squad to stem the spread of Syiah and other deviant teachings.

If implemented, such a proposal would enable the police to place its officers at Jakim as part of the religious enforcement team.

He had said that he would discuss the matter with the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and seek the consent of the Conference of Rulers in order not be misconstrued as interfering in religious issues. In JOHOR BARU, police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said it had been keeping close tabs on Syiah groups and “would be making arrests at the right time”.

Tags / Keywords: Government, zahid hamidi, special police squad

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