PUTRAJAYA - The Home Ministry has listed 10 points to show that PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu has links with the Shi'ite branch of Islam considered deviant in Malaysia.
Among the points was that Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, had attended religious classes conducted by two Shi'ite ustaz in Bukit Merah, Perak in 2011.
Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi said Mat Sabu had also expressed his admiration towards the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
"He stated that Khomeini's leadership and struggles had charted his thoughts. This was expressed in his speech as PAS deputy president on June 13, 2011," Abdul Rahim told a press conference here Thursday.
The revelation came days after Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that the PAS No. 2 was involved in Shi'ite activities.
Abdul Rahim said Mat Sabu also wrote an article in Harakah dated July 15, 2008, urging Muslims to follow the example of the Islamic leadership of Khomeini. He said Mat Sabu's friend of 20 years known as C.N Afghani had told a Home Ministry official that the former also often visited Iran.
Abdul Rahim said another person by the name of Dr Abdul Aziz Hanafi had also told ministry official Ustaz Zamihan Mat Zin that Mat Sabu recited the Shi'ite version of "selawat" (invocation of the Holy Prophet) during a PAS ceramah in Arau in 2005.
"One Tuan Guru Abd Rahim from Sungai Jagung, Pendang, also claimed that he had seen Mat Sabu performing the prayers with a small stone underneath the prayer mat. This is synonymous with the Shi'ite practice," he said.
Abdul Rahim added that there was a video clip on YouTube which clearly proved Mat Sabu's admiration towards Lebanese Shi'ite secretary-general Sayyid Hassan Nasrullah.
"Based on information, we also found that Mat Sabu had visited a Shi'ite mosque in Kampung Alur, Satun, Southern Thailand in 2011," he said.
Abdul Rahim added that the Home Ministry through the police and the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) would continue their efforts to curb Shi'ite activities.
Mat Sabu in an SMS reply said he would make a statement after meeting his lawyer.
In GEORGE TOWN, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the ministry was focusing on the security issue when it decided to expose the alleged involvement of Mat Sabu in Shi'ite activities.
"We don't play politics here and we have no political agenda as far as security is concerned. We just want to reveal the evidence that he was indeed involved in the teaching," he said after visiting the state police contingent headquarters.