PUTRAJAYA: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today dismissed claims by Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin that government leaders are not proactive in addressing offensive remarks aimed at Muslims, saying the police are currently investigating 53 cases.
He added that eight individuals who insulted Islam and the Prophet Muhammad had been hauled to court.
“So to say that we are not taking action or not doing anything is not true at all. Some have been fined, some have been jailed.
“And we will continue to do so. We view this matter very seriously and we would like to put an end to such things,” he said in a special interview with the media to mark Pakatan Harapan’s one-year anniversary.
Muhyiddin also said he had issued many statements cautioning the people against making provocative statements, especially on social media, as it would “create a lot of problems”.
“It is not good for us. It will not benefit anyone at all,” he added.
On Monday, Asri accused government leaders of keeping mum on remarks which he said were offensive to Muslims, following the arrest of a close associate in Perlis, Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu, last month.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad then labelled the popular preacher as “deaf” to the good that Putrajaya had done for Islam and Muslims.
However, Asri defended his remarks, saying the authorities had not acted against government leaders who insulted Islam.
Speaking today, Muhyiddin also rubbished claims that the status of Islam under Pakatan Harapan is under threat.
“Islam is the religion of the federation as stipulated in the Federal Constitution, so such claims are not true at all,” he said.
He added that the rally reportedly organised by Ummah (Gerakan Pembela Ummah) this Saturday on such grounds would likely fan racial flames and provoke Muslims.
According to the poster, the rally is to defend the sovereignty of Islam, to protest against the Rome Statute, and to demand justice for Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, the fireman who died after the riots sparked by the relocation of a temple last year.