PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Beleaguered preacher Zamihan Mat Zin said he had no intention of insulting the royal institution and that he abided by the decision made by the Selangor palace to strip him of his teaching credentials.
Zamihan, who is now barred from giving lectures in any mosque or surau in the state, also apologised to the Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah for any offensive remarks he made in the past.
"Indeed, as a commoner, I have no intention of insulting royal institutions as I am just carrying out my responsibility in spreading the teachings of Islam.
"I respect the decision made by the Sultan as His Highness has all the right to have a final say as a leader," he said in a statement Tuesday (Oct 17).
Zamihan, who is also the president of Pertubuhan Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah (Aswaja), said if his services were no longer needed in the state, he would still continue to serve in other places deemed suitable. "The struggle of Islamic preaching never stops," he said.
Without referring to any individuals, he also urged all parties to stop any attempt to instigate Muslims.
"It is better if we focus on fighting against the threats and hatred we receive from those who love to see Muslims fight against each other," he said.
Zamihan's teaching credentials were revoked on Monday, following criticisms he allegedly made against Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar over a Muslim-only launderette in the state.
He is currently being investigated for sedition.