PETALING JAYA: Attorney-General Idrus Harun has been urged to intervene after deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Ainul Amirah said the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) would not pursue any action against two Muslim converts accused of insulting non-Islamic faiths.
Yesterday, Ainul told the Shah Alam magistrates’ court that the AGC would not be prosecuting Perlis-based preacher Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu, and Multiracial Reverted Muslims founder and president Firdaus Wong Wai Hung as the police had classified their cases as requiring “no further action” (NFA).
The duo are allegedly linked to controversial preacher Zakir Naik, and the cases’ plaintiff S Shashi Kumar said more than 1,000 police reports had been lodged against Zamri for insulting non-Islamic faiths and their religious practices.
In a statement, former human resources minister M Kula Segaran urged the AG to step in, as the decision to not pursue action against the pair jeopardised peace, justice and balance in a multiracial, multireligious country.
“The AG should summon the DPP and give directions to the police to activate the investigation and proceed with charges in court,” he said.
“Malaysia has lost its credibility and weakened its moral clout in speaking for justice in the international realm, when it does not respect the minorities in its own country.”
Kula, also the DAP national vice-chairman, said the decision not to prosecute went against constitutional principles of equality and fairness before the law.
He also called on national unity minister Halimah Mohamed Sadique to speak out about preachers who insult other religions.
“Halimah should raise this hate speech issue and the NFA in tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting for decisive directions. Let’s see if she, or other ministers, will speak out for the minorities of our country.”