PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) officer Zamihan Mat Zin was arrested at the Dang Wangi police headquarters today after going there to give his statement.
Criminal Investigation Department director Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd confirmed the arrest which took place at 3.50pm.
An application will be made tomorrow morning for a remand order.
Zamihan courted controversy when he criticised the Johor Sultan for rebuking the operator of a Muslim-only laundrette in Muar.
He also made derogatory remarks about the hygiene of Chinese Malaysians.
The comments were made at a religious talk at Masjid Tengku Ampuan Jemaah in Shah Alam on Sunday. A video of the talk was uploaded on YouTube.
Addressing the congregation there, Zamihan said Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar’s order for the laundrette to cease its Muslim-only policy was not acceptable.
He also claimed that non-Muslims and the Chinese, in particular, were unclean as they wiped themselves with toilet paper after using the toilet.
“What about the menstrual blood in their undergarments? They hug dogs, drink alcohol and that alcohol drips onto their clothes. They eat pork.
“All these activities are associated with them,” Zamihan said in the talk.
Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said earlier today that a police report had been lodged against the religious officer.
He added that Zamihan would be investigated for sedition, and that an investigation paper had been opened.
Zamihan has denied being rude to the Johor Sultan, but issued an apology to the ruler.
He also lashed out at the media, claiming he had been slandered and threatening legal action.