Controversial Muslim preacher Zamri arrested in Perlis

Muslim preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu. (YouTube screenshot)

PETALING JAYA: Controversial Muslim preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu, who has frequently supported Indian preacher Zakir Naik, was arrested by police today.

This followed several police reports lodged against him for allegedly insulting Hinduism.

Perlis police chief Noor Mushar Mohd said Zamri, 35, was arrested by the Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (D9) in front of a restaurant in Arau at 2.30am.

Zamri is being investigated under Section 298A of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act for allegedly disrupting harmony and uttering offensive words during a religious lecture.

Police investigations found that he had made the speech at the As Siddiqin Mosque in Kampung Panchor, Kelantan, on Dec 30 last year.

The 57-minute talk was subsequently uploaded on the YouTube site by Kelantan’s Sunnah Info.

In August 2017, Zamri had triggered controversy during Friday prayers at the Kampung Rawa Mosque in Penang when he did not follow the original sermon.

He later issued a statement apologising to the congregation, explaining that it was the first time he was reading a sermon.

Over the past few days, several NGOs and individuals have lodged police reports against Zamri for allegedly insulting Hinduism.

Zamri is also the president of Angkatan Skuad Mubaligh Malaysia.