'Gila isim' practitioner admits to placing idols in surau

Modified 25 Feb 2019, 6:55 am

Police have arrested a man who admitted to placing idols at the Surau Sabilul Huda in Klang, which enraged Muslims.

Klang Selatan district police chief Shamsul Amar Ramli claimed that the suspect was a practitioner of "deviant religious knowledge", known as "gila isim".

"At 6.15pm yesterday, a police team raided a house in Taman Pandamaran Indah, located around 200 metres from the surau, and arrested a 37-year-old Malay man.

"Based on his preliminary statement, the suspect admitted he was involved in the two cases on Feb 20 and Feb 23," Shamsul was quoted as saying by Oriental Daily News.

On Feb 20, a "datuk kong" idol was stolen from a nearby home and placed at the surau. Three days later, Hindu idols were also placed at the surau.

Meanwhile, Shamsul said the suspect was motivated by a dream.

"While at his family home, the suspect dreamt of the Kaaba being surrounded by idols and believed that he had to do the same to the surau.

"His motive in the first incident was to invite the Chinese community to pray at the surau while the motive for the second incident was to invite the Hindu community to pray at the surau," he added.

Shamsul said the suspect had two previous criminal convictions one under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt and another under Section 379 for theft.

He added that the suspect also tested positive for drugs, specifically methamphetamine.