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‘Rasul Melayu’ gets 10yrs’ jail (Update)


SHAH ALAM: The Syariah High Court has sentenced Abdul Kahar Ahmad who proclaimed himself a Rasul Melayu (Malay prophet) to 10 years jail, six strokes of the rotan and a fine of RM16,500.

The 59-year-old father of six was calm when the sentence was announced. His daughters and other family members hugged him and wept openly.

On Sept 24, Abdul Kahar pleaded guilty to five charges under the Selangor Syariah Criminal Enactment Act of proclaiming himself a prophet of the Malays, conducting deviationist teachings, violating the Selangor Mufti’s order, blasphemy and spreading false beliefs.

He was accused of committing the offences at No. 44, Jalan Bunga Ros in Kampung Kemensah in Hulu Klang between May 10 and June 23, 2005.

Abdul Kahar had claimed trial in August 2005 when he was charged with the five offences but over the past three years, he continued to preach deviationist teachings and played hide-and-seek with the law.

On Sept 16, he was arrested by a team of Selangor Religious Department enforcement officers in Sungai Long, Kajang, at 9.45am.

Syarie judge Abu Zaky Mohammad said Abdul Kahar’s actions were a threat to the security of the religion, society and nation.

He said the accused actions were contrary to the rules. “Although you are regarded as being ignorant and lacked education especially in Islamic laws, you should be leading a good example to the young ones,” said Abu Zaky.

Abu Zaky added that Abdul Kahar had involved the public in his acts.

The judge ordered Abdul Kahar to serve his sentence from the date of his arrest on Sept 16 and to spend the last six months of his jail term at the akidah rehabilitation centre in Ulu Yam.