PETALING JAYA: PAS' Jabatan Amal Malaysia (JAM) are crying foul over the detention of three of its members to assist with investigations into the torching of the official vehicle of Perlis Mufti, Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin.
JAM director-general Mohd Nazree Mohd Aris said the three members were detained for questioning on Monday (May 20), based on a claim made by a drug addict who was detained during a recent narcotics raid.
"The two prime suspects of the torching incident (on March 22) were caught on CCTV. One of them is the drug addict, and another is a man named Mie Tomoi, who is still at large. However, none of our members were in the frame," said Mohd Nazree.
"Instead of going after the prime suspects, our members, who have no police record, were hauled up for questioning," he added.
Mohd Nazree said that JAM has no problem assisting the police, as it is not in the wrong.
"We believe the truth will prevail. Our members are into helping people; not causing harm to anyone. We do not even badmouth Pakatan Harapan. Why would any of our members torch a mufti's car?" he said.
Mohd Nazri said the three JAM volunteers have been remanded for four days, since Monday.
"One of our JAM members lodged a police report, questioning how two Facebook account holders got the name and photograph of a person detained for questioning.
"Soon after lodging the report in Kota Setar, Kedah, our member went to the Perlis headquarters to give his statement, and he was detained there.
"One member was detained at home, and two others were detained when they were called in for questioning," he said.
On March 22, two men were caught on CCTV, torching Mohd Asri's black Honda Accord at 5.45am.
Police obtained the CCTV recording from a neighbour's house on Jalan Persiaran Wawasan.
Perlis police chief Datuk Noor Mushar Mohamad had confirmed that one of the suspects was an unemployed drug addict, and said that he had been detained on May 18 to assist with the investigation into the arson case.
The CPO said the suspect had confessed carrying out the act, together with a friend known as Mie Tomoi, and that they were paid RM500 by another person.
The suspect had claimed that five people were involved in the case.