KUALA LUMPUR: Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has ordered the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (JAIS) to strip Zamihan Mat Zin of his teaching credentials.
The controversial preacher’s Selangor Credentials Committee membership has also been revoked, under Rule 17 of the Credentials Regulations (Selangor) 2008.
Selangor Council of the Royal Court secretary Hanafisah Jais, in a press statement issued today on behalf of the Sultan, said the decision was reached after a discussion with the council on Oct 16.
The move, said the statement, was made following a religious talk by Zamihan held recently.
“The ceramah contained words which were racist in nature, was uncouth and included uncalled for criticism of the royal institution.
“In addition, the ceramah was delivered at the Masjid Diraja (royal mosque), whereby a talk of this nature should not have taken place,” read the statement.
The statement said that the Malay Rulers were of the opinion that Islam as the religion of the federation, is one that encourages its followers to be tolerant, moderate and inclusive and should be protected from being tainted by extremist action which can divide the people.
“The Sultan of Selangor also wishes to remind the people of Selangor to respect the main principles enshrined in the Federal Constitution for the sake of the country’s stability and peace.”
In a video uploaded to YouTube on Oct 8, Zamihan allegedly spoke out against a sultan who last month ordered a Muslim-only launderette in Muar to cease its discriminatory business practice.
Zamihan, who is president of the NGO Malaysia Ahli Sunnah Waljamaah Organisation, allegedly said it was not right for the sultan, as the head of Islam in the state, to issue such a decree.
Although he did not name the sultan, there were strong hints that he was referring to Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar.
Zamihan later apologised to the Sultan.
Last Wednesday, Zamihan was arrested under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 and released on police bail four days later.