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Preacher moves to strike out suit over authorities’ ‘inaction’

Free Malaysia Today logo Free Malaysia Today 15/9/2021 FMT Reporters
a man is using his cell phone: Controversial preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu is alleged to have made statements that insulted other races and religions. © Provided by Free Malaysia Today Controversial preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu is alleged to have made statements that insulted other races and religions.

KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial preacher Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu has sought to strike out a suit filed against him and the government over the authorities’ alleged failure to act on his statements that purportedly insulted other races and religions.

In his striking-out notice filed yesterday, Zamri claimed that the suit, filed by A Radhakrishnan and C Arunkumar, did not disclose any reasonable cause of action.

“The plaintiffs failed to show the impugned statements came from me or any of my social media accounts.

“This lawsuit is also an abuse of the court process,” he said.

Earlier this year, Radhakrishnan and Arunkumar, who are both members of the NGOs Pertubuhan Hindhu Dharma Malaysia and Malaysian Hindu Youth Council, sued the government, the police and Zamri, claiming that the authorities had failed to exercise their duty to maintain peace by refusing to take any action against Zamri.

They said Zamri posted nine videos on his social media accounts that touched on the sensitivity of Hindus in the country.

“We believe that he is a threat to the nation’s security, peace and harmony as he is a person that encourages violence and would threaten the members of the public,” they said in a suit.

They claimed that police did not conduct a thorough investigation against Zamri based on the police reports lodged.

“Thus, we seek a court declaration that Zamri is a threat to the country’s safety and we also move the court to issue a police order to arrest and investigate him,” they said.

Radhakrishnan and Arunkumar also demanded that Zamri apologise to Hindus in the country and pay RM1 million in damages to the two NGOs.

The High Court fixed Oct 18 for next mention.

Previously, the Shah Alam magistrates’ court dismissed a man’s application to initiate private prosecution against Zamri and fellow preacher Firdaus Wong for allegedly insulting non-Islamic faiths and their religious practices as the cases are still under investigation.

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