KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial preacher Zamihan Mat Zain once equated Muslim women’s rights group Sisters in Islam (SIS) with the international terror outfit, Islamic State (IS) which is also known as the ISIS, revealed SIS board director Marina Mahathir.
“The one who claimed SIS is one without an ‘I’ got slapped by the ruler,” said Marina.
“I have seen the counter terrorism expert telling people to watch out for SIS and G-25,” she said in reference to Zamihan who was previously seconded to Home Ministry to conduct counter terrorism related activities in his capacity as Persatuan Al Sunnah Wal Jamaah president.
The firebrand preacher is currently with the Prisons Department.
“I am thankful that most tend to fall asleep during Friday sermon that lumps the LGBT, extremism, liberalism, with SIS,” added Marina.
She revealed this at a forum entitled ‘Is reason a threat to faith and society?’ which was organised by Islamic Renaissance Front in University of Nottingham’s KL campus.
Earlier, she spoke of SIS’ legal battle to lift a ban against the group’s conference report, Muslim Women and Challenges of Extremism.
SIS is currently involved in another legal battle against a Selangor fatwa that decreed the feminist Muslim group as deviant.
Other speakers include academics Zaharom Nain of University of Nottingham, Isham Pawan Ahmad of International Islamic University and Azmi Sharom of Universiti Malaya.
Zamihan recently received a royal dressing down from Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar over the Muslim-only laundrette issue.
Selangor ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah meanwhile stripped off Zamihan’s credentials since Zamihan had criticised the Johor ruler while preaching in Selangor.