No room for religious policing here, say more Malaysians in support of Malay rulers

Source: The Malaysian Insight

THE concerns raised by the Malay rulers on the country’s unity and harmony are timely as there is no place for religious policing in a multicultural society, influential leaders and civil society groups said.

They were responding to the statement issued by the Malay rulers yesterday, who endorsed the Johor Sultan and Perlis Raja Muda’s decision to forbid Muslim-only launderettes in their respective states.

The rulers also expressed their concerns that recent actions in the name of Islam threatened the harmony and unity of Malaysia’s multicultural people. Read more

Putrajaya to probe ex-Jakim man Zamihan over alleged Johor Sultan insult

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — The authorities will investigate and take action against a former Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) officer who allegedly criticised Johor Ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar in a religious lecture on Sunday.

theSun Daily quoted Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Muhammed as saying that his ministry would take immediate action against preacher Zamihan Mat Zain.

“The Home Ministry will investigate and take action,” he reportedly said in a short text reply when asked if Zamihan would be investigated for sedition.

The report also quoted an unnamed Jakim spokesman confirming an internal investigation.

Zamihan had reportedly criticised the Johor Ruler in a religious lecture at the Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah in Shah Alam on Sunday.

In the lecture, which was caught on video and shared on Youtube, the president of Sunni Organisation Malaysia (Aswaja) said the sultan was wrong to stop a laundrette in Muar from implementing a Muslim-only policy.

Zamihan was also caught on video making racist remarks about the Chinese, calling them “unhygienic” for not washing up after urinating and defecating, and for consuming alcohol and pork. Read more