Hindu NGOs lodge police reports against Dr Asri

By M Kumar
  • Nation
  • Saturday, 22 Apr 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: About 40 Hindu non-governmental organisations and activists lodged police reports against Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin over his poem that allegedly insulted the Hindu community.

The group lodged their reports at the Sentul police headquarters on Saturday.

The group's spokesperson P. Raja Retinam said Dr Asri, who is popularly known as Dr Maza, needs to be removed from his post.

Dr Asri had posted the poem written in Malay on his Facebook page on Friday.

It is believed to be in response to the Indian community's opposition to the permanent resident (PR) status granted to controversial Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik.

However, on Saturday, Dr Asri claimed that his poem referred to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration and not Hindus in Malaysia.

Raja Retinam said a mufti is the highest religious position in the state.

"How can we have a person in such a position talking bad about other religions?" he said outside the Sentul police headquarters.

He said the reports lodged in Sentul are part of a nationwide effort to lodge police reports against Dr Asri over his poem.

"We are also lodging separate police reports on Dr Zakir," he said.

Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy confirmed the reports.

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