PKR: Wrong to use Zamihan for deradicalisation of IS militants

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PKR’s Latheefa Koya says controversial Islamic preacher Zamihan should not be counselling any prisoners, let alone IS prisoners, after being banned in two states.

PETALING JAYA: The revelation that Zamihan Mat Zin is still involved in the home ministry’s rehabilitation and deradicalisation programme for Islamic State (IS) detainees in prisons has been met with disbelief.

Lawyer and PKR central committee member Latheefa Koya said it was of great concern that the controversial Islamic preacher who had been criticised by many quarters, including the royalty, was given such a role.

“Zamihan’s extremist views are well known, from the Muslims-only launderette controversy that caused him to be banned in Johor and Selangor to his latest comment condemning a surau in Penang for sheltering non-Muslims during a major flood.

“It has further been reported that Jakim has also referred him to the disciplinary board for the controversy he has caused,” she said referring to the Malaysian Islamic Development Department for whom Zamihan works.

“It is therefore all the more shocking that despite all the controversies, he is still given access to the most extremist of people, that is IS militants or those who supported or are sympathetic to IS.”

A posting on Zamihan’s Facebook page on Tuesday had shown him at the Tapah Prison, in Perak, with two prison officers and a lawyer who was not identified.

Zamihan wrote that the four-hour session with the detainees had been cheerful and dynamic as he took the questions they asked.
He added that the “enlightenment session” focused on the role of the nation’s leaders, army and police in Islamic countries, as well as on the hadith on jihad, and jihad law, among other things.

Last month, the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar had labeled Zamihan an “empty tin can” for having criticised the ruler’s decision to order the operator of the Muslims-only laundrette in Muar to open his business for all or shut down the business.

Shortly after, the Sultan of Selangor revoked Zamihan’s religious teaching credentials. A statement from the Selangor palace said Zamihan had also gone overboard in criticising the royal institution in a mosque with royal status.

“How can a preacher who has been banned from speaking in Selangor and Johor and caused so much of controversy by pitting Muslims against non-Muslims, still be given access to IS-linked prisoners?” Latheefa asked.

“I therefore call for Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to immediately review Zamihan’s role in the prisons especially with regards to IS-linked prisoners.”

 

Source: FMT Reporters | November 9, 2017




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