Jamil Khir, Jakim have sent letter seeking audience with Johor Sultan

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 17 Oct 2017

PUTRAJAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Islamic affairs Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom (pic) has said that he and Islamic Development Department (Jakim) director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha are waiting to seek an audience with the Sultan of Johor.

He said a letter had been sent to Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar requesting an audience to explain issues related to preacher Zamihan Mat Zin.

“We have sent the letter and will wait for Tuanku to consent to our request for an audience,” he said when met at a function here Tuesday.

A videoclip which went viral online depicts Zamihan allegedly saying it was wrong of the Johor Ruler to have prohibited a Muslim-only laundrette from operating in the state.

In the same video, Zamihan – who is with Jakim and also the president of the Pertubuhan Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah Malaysia (Aswaja) – labelled Chinese people as “unhygienic”.

After this video became viral, Sultan Ibrahim said he would direct the Johor Islamic Religious Department (JAIJ) to stop dealing with Jakim.

Othman immediately issued a statement saying that he and Jamil Khir would be seeking an audience with Sultan Ibrahim.

Jamil Khir also said that Jakim would leave it to the police to investigate Zamihan, who was being probed under the Sedition Act.

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