Zamri Vinoth arrested under Section 298A of Penal Code, 233 CMA

Zamri Vinoth arrested under Section 298A of Penal Code, 233 CMA

ARAU: Police have confirmed the arrest of Indian Muslim convert preacher Zamri Vinoth Abdullah in Perlis today following a series of police reports lodged against him for insulting the Hindu faith in his religious talk in Kelantan.

Perlis police chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Noor Mushar Mohamad confirmed the 34-year-old’s arrest early this morning.

“The suspect is being investigated under Section 298A of the Penal Code as well as Section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998 for disrupting harmony and transmitting offensive communications,” he said when contacted.

Police probe revealed that Zamri made two offending statements in the video that was recorded in As Siddiqin Mosque, Kampung Panchor, Kelantan on December 30 last year.

Section 298A criminalises the act of causing disharmony, disunity, feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will or prejudicing the maintenance of harmony or unity on the grounds of religion. If found guilty, Zamri would be imprisoned for a minimum of two to five years.

Section 233 of the Communication and Multimedia Act (CMA) criminalises improper use of network facilities. Zamri faces a fine of RM50,000 and a jail 12 month term or both.

A total of 13 police reports were lodged against Zamri in Penang alone. Police reports were also lodged against him in other states.

In the 10:24 minute video, Zamri claimed that he was not able to brain how Hindus prayed to 330 million gods. He also chided the concept of Holy Trinity in Christianity as “three in one God”.

The video clip went viral on social media, resulting in Zamri getting panned by social media users.

This is not the first time Zamri has found himself to be facing the brunt of law.

The controversial Indian Muslim convert preacher heads two NGOs – Angkatan Skuad Mubaligh Malaysia and the Perlis based One Centre Malaysia.

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