PETALING JAYA: The Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM) has welcomed the ongoing probe into the contentious kafir harbi statement made by a Pahang cleric after initially claiming the police were not investigating the matter.
This follows after Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that a probe had in fact been initiated following two police reports lodged against Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Rahman Osman.
“The CCM accepts the statement and the clarification made by the IGP and expresses its regret for the misunderstanding,” CCM general secretary Reverend Dr Hermen Shastri said in a statement on Thursday.
Khalid told a press conference on Wednesday that Dr Abdul Rahman was being investigated under the Sedition Act for recent remarks likening DAP to kafir harbi, a term referring to non-Muslims who can be slain for opposing Islam.
His remarks were first published in local Malay daily last week, with the Pahang mufti later clarifying that he did not intend for the term to be taken in a literal context.
Khalid was reported as saying that the issue was a “sensitive matter” and urged people to let the police conduct their investigation.
He also criticised the CCM for claiming that he had made a statement suggesting that the police would not be taking any action.