The Islamic departments and its related agencies have made a total of 246 arrests last year with regards to those involved in deviant teachings. (Pix by Mohd Fadli Hamzah)

PUTRAJAYA: The Islamic departments and its related agencies have made a total of 246 arrests last year with regards to those involved in deviant teachings.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said this was a big jump compared to the year before which recorded only 31 arrests.

“According to the Selangor Islamic Department report, 19 out of the 39 teachings and practices identified as deviant and prohibited in the state, are still active.

“This is a worrying situation for Muslims as this can disrupt the public order.

“Due to the commitment and consistent effort by the Islamic authorities and agencies, a total of 246 arrests have been made in 2017,” he said in his speech at the Islamic Consultative Council (ICC) Dakwah and Islamic Thinking Multaqa (meeting) at Marriot Hotel, here.

It was reported that the State Islamic Affairs, Malay Customs and Heritage, Rural and Traditional Village Development Committee chairman Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi had said three of the 19 deviant teachings were capable of disrupting public order and harmful to the country.

Zahid said the government was committed to work with the Islamic authorities to ensure that the Muslims in the country uphold the Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Sunni) teachings.

He also advised Muslims to be mindful of the ideologies that are against the Islamic thinking.

“There are many forms of attacks against the Islamic teachings and thinking, such as relativism and pluralism ideologies. Relativism ideology, for instance, allows a woman to be imam when performing prayers, which is totally against the Islamic teachings.

“There are also activities that support the rights of group that claimed they were being discriminated such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). This group is just trying to brainwash the Muslim community,” he said.

Meanwhile, Zahid also announced that former Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has been appointed to head the Economy Cluster of the ICC.

Khalid replaces the late Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim, who died on Oct 31, last year.

Zahid said Khalid had the credibility to lead the cluster.

"We need someone who can replace Ali in leading the economy cluster. Khalid is the right one to hold the position as the ICC members are confident with his leadership. I hope Khalid accepts this appointment with an open heart." said Zahid.

Ali died of cancer at the age of 70 at KPJ Damansara.

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