Lodge police report, Muhyiddin tells preacher on prison assault claim

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (middle) and immigration department director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud (right). On the far left is home ministry secretary-general Alwi Ibrahim.

PUTRAJAYA: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today urged PKR-linked preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin to lodge a police report over his claim that he was physically assaulted by a warden while in prison.

“I saw (that he said) in a video that he did not want to report (the person who beat him, and that) he pitied the person.

“But if he wants protection, it would be good for him to make a police report. Then the police can investigate whether there is any basis to his claim. If so, they can take action on it.”

Speaking in a press conference at the immigration department here, he added however that he was unsure whether Wan Ji had already lodged a report.

On July 9, Wan Ji was sentenced to a year’s jail after the court upheld his conviction of making seditious remarks against the Selangor sultan.

He was held for three days at the Kajang prison until the court granted him a stay of execution for his jail term.

On the death of a Nigerian doctorate student at an immigration department depot, Muhyiddin said a preliminary report from the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre showed no signs of assault.

“But the full report has not been released. So wait for the full report,” he added. “I cannot make any assumptions now.”

The immigration department maintains that no procedures were breached in the death of Orhions Ewansiha Thomas at the Bukit Jalil detention centre last Tuesday.

Thomas was arrested along with 19 others during a raid at the Desa Aman Puri Apartment in Kepong, Selangor, after residents complained about the presence of foreigners and their misbehaviour.