Jakim chief and Jamil Khir seeking audience with Johor ruler

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 14 Oct 2017

Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha and Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Islamic affairs (pix), will be seeking an audience with Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar.

In a statement Saturday, Othman said that this audience would be sought as soon as possible to explain the issues related to preacher Zamihan Mat Zin’s now-viral sermon on a Muslim-only laundrette in Johor.

“Jakim holds the proclamation by the Johor Ruler related to Jakim in high regard,” said Othman.

Earlier Saturday, Sultan Ismail he would direct Johor’s Islamic Religious Department (JAIJ) to stop dealing with Jakim.

This came after Zamihan, who is said to be a former Jakim officer, had criticised the sultan over his decision to prohibit Muslim-only laundrettes from operating in the southern state.

Zamihan had also described Chinese people as “unhygienic”.

In a speech at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia's 17th convocation ceremony earlier Saturday, the Sultan said that a number of muftis and religious experts had given their views on the matter but unfortunately, Zamihan had criticised his actions and chided the muftis.

“The way he talked was arrogant and proud, as if he is the only one who is right and he mocked other races,” His Majesty said.

Zamihan was arrested on Wednesday (Oct 11), as part of a sedition investigation into his alleged remarks against the Johor ruler. He was released on Saturday after having served his remand period.

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