PUTRAJAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom has ordered a probe into claims that certain figures are linked to the Wahabi doctrine and Jemaah Islamiah.
It would be wrong to accuse groups or individuals of being members of terrorist groups unless the information is confirmed by the Home Ministry, he said.
“We are waiting for the report and will determine if the allegations are indeed true,” he told reporters after meeting the 10 volunteers who were on board the Mavi Marmara which was part of the Freedom Flotilla bound for Gaza late last month.
The minister was commenting on a news report quoting a Jakim senior officer who linked several political and religious leaders in the country to the Wahabi doctorine, JI and militant movements.
The officer – Malaysian Islamic Training Institute assistant director Zamizam Mat Zin – was said to have made allegations against former and present Perlis mufti Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin and Dr Juanda Jaya, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and former Perlis Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.
Zamizam has since denied making such a statement, claiming that he had only mentioned Dr Asri’s name when presenting views on religious terrorism at a closed-door session organised by the police.
Jakim director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz declined to comment on the controversy.
“He is our officer. This is not about defending him but he is our officer and he spoke at a closed-door briefing,” Wan Mohamad said.
In the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, Deputy Higher Education Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said it was inappropriate to label anyone who is linked with the Wahabi school of thought as being involved in terrorism.
Explaining recent developments, Saifuddin said two briefings were presented to the Home Ministry several days ago.
The first briefing was by Bukit Aman, concerning the threat by JI to destroy selected houses of worship in Malaysia.
The second briefing had mentioned the involvement of the four personalities in the Wahabi school of thought.