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Published: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday December 16, 2013 MYT 8:51:07 AM

Syiah issue: Mat Sabu faces Grade A evidence

BAGAN DATOH: The Home Ministry will present strong evidence linking PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu (pic) to the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) for further action.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this was because the case had entered the enforcement stage.

“All evidence, including the Grade A evidence, will be presented to Jakim because we are involved in security issues, while Jakim’s duty is to look into issues pertaining to akidah (Islamic faith).

“Hence, it is crucial to present the evidence to the department,” he told reporters after visiting the Watersports Carnival 2013 at the jetty here yesterday.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said any action on Syiah-related cases would also be taken by Jakim and state religious councils.

Prior to this, the ministry had announced 10 Grade B evidence on Mohamad’s involvement in Syiah activity, while more concrete evidence, deemed Grade A, had yet to be made public.

It was reported that the Home Ministry had listed 10 points, which were categorised as Grade-B Evidence, to show Mohamad Sabu’s involvement with Syiah.

Mohamad, who is popularly known as Mat Sabu, has denied the accusations.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said it was up to Jakim whether they wanted to reveal the Grade-A evidence to the public.

Grade-A evidence refers to statements recorded from more than 20 people, some of whom shared the same political views as Mat Sabu.

Meanwhile, Dr Ahmad Zahid said he would stop making further statements on the Syiah issue.

“I am confident that the department would take action to curb the dissemination of the Syiah ideology,” he said.

On a separate matter, he said the Home Ministry’s flood rescue units, such as the police, Civil Defence Department, and the Peoples’ Volunteer Corps (Rela), were prepared to face the second wave of flooding in the east coast of the peninsula.

The National Registration Department, he added, would also assist flood victims who had lost their MyKad to re-apply for new ones.

“We would also seek help from the Malaysian Armed Forces,” he said.

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Tags / Keywords: Religion, syiah, Mat Sabu, Zahid Hamidi

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