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Zaid ignores Zamihan lawsuit threat, says will continue to speak up

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said he would continue to speak out against “dangerous ideologies” despite the threat of a legal suit by Zamihan Mat Zin.
The former law minister alleged that recent remarks by the controversial preacher were dangerous to the community and country.
“His threat of a legal suit against me, and other threats, will not deter me from continuing to speak out against such dangerous ideologies.
“It won’t stop me saying why those in charge of Islam, as well as the Government, must wake up to the danger of such preachers before it is too late,” he wrote on his blog www.zaid.my on Thursday.
“No civilised society will sit and watch such a tirade without caring for the consequences and repercussions it may bring,” said Zaid.
Zaid, who is now with DAP after leaving PKR and before that Umno, said the authorities must not be cowed by religious preachers who promote hate.
“The authorities must be able to differentiate between those who promote Islam according to the way of the Prophet, which was the peaceful way, and those who have hatred in their blood and hide under the cover of religion in order to wreak havoc in our country,” he said.
Zaid also expressed his concern that there were many others like Zamihan across the country who “use Islam as their shield” to expound dangerous ideas.
“The hate-mongers will destroy our values and the fabric of our society,” he said.
Zamihan, who is Pertubuhan Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah Malaysia (Aswaja) president, came under fire for allegedly criticising Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar who had prohibited Muslim-only laundrettes from operating in his state.
In a video of his speech that went viral, Zamihan also described the Chinese people as being “unhygienic”.
However, in a statement on Wednesday, he said he never mentioned the name of the Johor Sultan and neither did he use any abusive or seditious words.
He also said he would take legal action against news portals as well as Zaid if they did not retract and apologise for their articles over his speech.
Following a police report, Zamihan was arrested on Wednesday at the Dang Wangi police station and remanded for two days to allow investigation under the Sedition Act.
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