PETALING JAYA: Penang deputy chief minister P Ramasamy said the police should take action against Perlis mufti Asri Zainul Abidin for allegedly making “provocative” remarks on the conversion of Loh Siew Hong’s children.
“I want the police to take action against Asri, he is the one who inflamed ethnic and religious sentiments,” said Ramasamy outside the Bukit Aman police headquarters today.
He told reporters that Asri was twisting the issue “as if Islam was under siege”.
Ramasamy was questioned for about two hours by the police today about an alleged “provocative” Facebook post which linked the Perlis religious authorities to various issues concerning the conversion of Loh’s children.
He was accompanied by lawyer Shamsher Singh Thind, who also represented Loh in her custody battle.
Last month, police said they were investigating Ramasamy over his post which had sparked “dissatisfaction among various parties”.
Ramasamy is being investigated under Section 505(c) of the Penal Code for making statements conducive to public mischief with intent to incite the community to cause them to commit an offence against other communities.
He is also being probed under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of peace as well as Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for abuse of network services.
It was previously reported that Loh’s three children were converted by the Perlis religious authorities without her consent in 2020.
On Feb 21, the High Court had granted Loh’s habeas corpus application to regain custody of her three children.
Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah allowed her application after hearing submissions from Loh’s lawyers and counsel for preacher Nazirah Nanthakumari Abdullah, who is one of two respondents involved in the case.
Ramasamy had been a vocal critic against the children’s conversion, stressing that it was a clear contravention of a landmark Federal Court decision in 2018, that conversion of minors requires the consent of both parents.