PETALING JAYA: Controversial government preacher Zamihan Mat Zin has launched a thinly-veiled attack on Dr Mahathir Mohamad for making a political comeback, saying that at his age, the former prime minister should instead enrol in a madrasah and spend time in prayer.
He said in an interview that leaders do all sorts of things when in power. They issue statements that hurt the people’s feelings… that took lives of the people. But when others are in charge, they say they are not right, not progressive.
He said Mahathir should stay out of politics and repent “for all his past mistakes”.
Zamihan is an officer with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) but is seconded to the home ministry to carry out programmes for prisoners, including rehabilitation of militant suspects.
In October last year, he criticised the Johor sultan’s stand on a Muslim-only laundrette, and made derogatory remarks about the hygiene of Chinese Malaysians. He was arrested and investigated for sedition, and was condemned by both the Johor and Selangor sultans.
In his interview today, Zamihan accused Mahathir of envying those currently in power, adding that it was proof of his bad intention in rejoining politics.
Meanwhile, Zamihan said it was “haram” to work with DAP as it was clearly “anti-Islam” for opposing PAS’s efforts to introduce stiffer punishments on shariah offenders.