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Selangor Palace Revokes Zamihan’s Preaching Credentials

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SHAH ALAM – Controversial preacher Zamihan Mat Zin will no longer be able to give lectures in the state after the Sultan of Selangor ordered the Selangor Islamic Council (Mais) to revoke his preaching credentials.

The Selangor Council of the Royal Court secretary Hanafisah Jais, in a statement, said the decision was made in accordance of Regulation 17 of the Tauliah (State of Selangor) Regulations 2008, after Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah consulted the council.

Mais has also been instructed to remove Zamihan from the Selangor Tauliah Committee, as provided under Regulation 4 of the same regulations.

“This is following Zamihan’s religious lecture that contained words that are racist in nature, ill-mannered and over-critical of the royal institution.

“Moreover, his lecture was delivered at a royal mosque, where such lectures should not have taken place,” Hanafisah said today.

Hanafisah added that Sultan Sharafuddin has also instructed all mosque and surau committees in the state to make video recordings of all lectures held inside their premises for record-keeping and content-monitoring purposes.

The Sultan also decreed that public address (PA) broadcasts of all lectures in the state to be limited to within the mosque and surau compounds.

“This is to preserve the image of Islam that prioritises the welfare of the society,” Hanafisah said, adding that the ruling does not apply to the ‘azan’ (call to worship) and recitation of Al-Quran verses.

“The Sultan would also like to remind all Selangor citizens to respect the principles as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, for the stability and security of the country,” she added.

Zamihan had, on Oct 8 in a lecture at the Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah in Shah Alam, said it was not right for a Sultan to disallow a Muslim-only launderette in his state, and labelled Chinese people as “unhygienic”.

Although he did not mention which Sultan, the Sunni Organisation Malaysia (Aswaja) president was most likely referring to Johor ruler, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, who was the only Sultan to have banned Muslim-only launderettes in his state.

Zamihan was arrested on Oct 11 for sedition and subsequently remanded for two days on Oct 12, before being released.

Sultan Ibrahim, on Saturday, also criticised Zamihan – believed to be a former Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) officer – and decreed the Johor Islamic Religious Department (JAIJ) to stop its dealings with Jakim following his remarks.

The Johor ruler pointed out that Zamihan was critical of his actions as well as the muftis following their views on the launderette matter.

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