PETALING JAYA: Moderation advocate Mohamed Tawfik Ismail (pix) has called for Muslim preacher Zamihan Mat Zin to be punished for treason against the King and people of Malaysia.
He said that Zamihan's video "is not just inflammatory racial slurs" but he has "dismissed and belittled" the Johor Sultan's decree over the Muar launderette issue.
"This agenda, from his own mouth, is to replace the monarchical system with a theocracy," said Mohamed Tawfik, who is the son of the second deputy prime minister Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman and former parliamentarian.
In the video of a speech that was uploaded to YouTube, Zamihan allegedly said that it was wrong of the Johor Ruler to prohibit a Muslim-only launderette from operating in the state.
He also described the Chinese as being “unhygienic”.
Mohamed Tawfik said Zamihan's actions "not only alarm ordinary citizens but also undermines the institution of the Rulers, for is it not in their name that such actions are taken?"
He said it was time that the Rulers assert their authority over religion as the Johor Sultan had done.
He said those who openly defy the constitution like Zamizan should be punished not just for sedition, but for treason against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the people of Malaysia.
"I suggest that the Conference of Rulers among themselves appoint a privy council to advise them on constitutional issues and reassert their powers over religion to thwart any attempt to impose a theocracy," he said.
Zamihan was released after his two-day remand to facilitate investigations for sedition ended on Saturday.