Zamihan remanded for two days
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) officer and Sunni Organisation Malaysia (Aswaja) president Zamihan Mat Zin, who was arrested for sedition on Wednesday for his alleged criticism of the Johor Sultan over a Johor-based Muslim-only launderette, was remanded for two days yesterday to facilitate investigations.
The remand order was issued against Zamihan at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters by a magistrate yesterday.
Federal CID director Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd confirmed this.
In a statement on Wednesday, Jakim Director-General Tan Sri Datuk Othman Mustapha said he and his department viewed the comments made in the speech seriously and had summoned Zamihan for questioning.
Human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen said Zamihan’s action does not warrant his arrest.
“It was insulting in nature but it did not threaten or incite violence and did not constitute a crime. The Sedition Act 1948 should be abolished,” he tweeted.