No terrorism element in torching of Perlis mufti’s car, say cops

Perlis Mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin’s car was badly damaged in the arson attack at his residence in Kangar early Friday.

PETALING JAYA: Perlis police today denied Mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin’s claims that ”terrorists” had set his official car on fire yesterday.

State police chief Noor Mushar Mohd ruled out terrorism.

“The way his Honda Accord was burned was very violent but this is just a normal criminal case,” he said.

Mushar was commenting on Asri’s Facebook statement today that “terrorists“ had torched his car and wanted the authorities to find the culprits quickly.

“Let us pray that the two suspects captured in the CCTV recording will be arrested soon,” he added.

Mushar also said police were looking for those involved in the incident.

“They are currently in hiding,” he said, without elaborating further.

The case is being investigated under Section 435 of the Penal Code for committing mischief with fire.

Police yesterday said they received an emergency call from Asri, saying his car was torched. The incident happened about 5.45am yesterday at Asri’s residence along Jalan Persiaran Wawasan, Kangar.

The engine compartment was razed, with the front and back windscreens shattered.

Police investigations revealed that two men on a motorcycle were believed to have hurled a Molotov cocktail at the mufti’s car.

They were spotted in the area on closed-circuit television camera at 5.12am.

“Earlier, at 3.30am, we saw a person filling a plastic container with fuel at a nearby petrol station,” police said.

“He was spotted driving a car with fake registration plates.”