Religious dept to quiz preacher

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 29 Jan 2003

KOTA KINABALU: A Malaysian preacher of the Jemaah Tabligh group will be questioned by the Sabah Islamic Religious Council (Muis), when Indonesia deports him back here. 

Husen Amir, 31, from Tawau district, was detained by Indonesian police in Toli-Toli, Sulawesi for violating conditions of his social visit pass by giving religious talks at a mosque there. 

Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh said yesterday that Muis officers would have to question Husen to determine his background. 

“They will have to see whether he had taught or preached,” he said.  

He also said that those wanting to preach at Sabah mosques must first get Muis approval. 

”We cannot simply allow anyone to preach because a dangerous situation could arise,” Ghapur added. 

According to news reports on Monday, Husen who left Tawau on Jan 11 for Indonesia, had entered Toli Toli via Nunukan island off the east Kalimantan border with Sabah. 

Indonesian Immigration Officer Daddy Suryadi said Husen was summoned on Jan 17 to the police station at Palu, for breaching the conditions of his social visit pass. 

He was accused of preaching at the Toli Toli mosque although he had claimed that he was in Sulawesi to settle some property matters with his Indonesian relatives. 

Daddy said Husen was let off and asked to return to the police station to sign some documents before his deportation on Jan 20. 

However, Daddy said, Husen smashed his body against a glass window and injured his neck and stomach. 

He said Husen was subsequently rushed to a military hospital where he was kept under close watch.  

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