Bukit Aman to call in Asri Janggut over ‘outrageous’ prayer claim

The IGP says moral and religious education has always been encouraged in the force.

KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador has described the claim made by Hot Burger Malaysia owner Mohd Asri Hamid that police personnel tend to skip prayers as outrageous just as police also confirmed today that the 42-year-old entrepreneur will be called in to give his statement over the matter.

Hamid said the matter should not have been raised in public in the first place.

“This (prayer) is between us and God and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has never set aside its religious obligations. Moral and religious education has always been encouraged in the force.

“People need to know that PDRM also has hafiz (individuals who memorise the Quran) and every district police headquarters nationwide has a surau (prayer room),” he said in Bukit Aman here today.

He said infrastructure and space needed for each officer to perform their religious duties were provided for and new recruits were also required to undergo a religious test.

Meanwhile, Federal CID deputy director Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said Mohd Asri, also known as Asri Janggut, would be called in by the CID Classified Criminal Investigation Unit to give a statement this week.

He said an investigation was being carried out after two police reports were lodged over the matter at the Travers and Jalan Tun Razak police stations here today.

“The investigation is being conducted in accordance with Section 505 (c) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” he said.

Yesterday, a 31-second video clip showed Asri Janggut at a press conference claiming that police and military personnel tended to skip their prayers.