Malaysia

3 members of deviant cult held in Negeri Sembilan


Ahmad Zaki Hamzah
Negeri Sembilan Islamic religious affairs department’s enforcement division operations unit chief Ahmad Zaki Hamzah (second from right) showing some of the items seized from the deviant cult. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A married couple and their 16-year-old son have been detained for following a deviant religious sect in Negeri Sembilan.

Bernama reported that they were following the Millah Abraham sect declared as deviant in 2019.

Negeri Sembilan Islamic religious affairs department’s (JHEAINS) enforcement division operations unit chief Ahmad Zaki Hamzah said the couple were in their 40s and their son did not attend school.

The couple and their son were held at 6pm at Felda Sungai Kelamah, Tampin.

The couple had been renting a house in the Felda settlement for the past six months, while their son stayed at their original home in Felda Palong 3.

Notebooks, a laptop and mobile phones were seized.

Zaki said the family had been recruiting and spreading the teachings to close family members and local residents for over a year.

Zaki said their beliefs included the existence of a new prophet, a different “syahadah” and attempts to merge three religions – Islam, Judaism and Christianity. They also believed that meat slaughtered by non-followers was forbidden.

“They operated discreetly, meeting in restaurants or cafes. We believe their members, including professionals, are spread across the country. They have a leader whom they refer to,” he added.

The three individuals were detained under Section 52 of the Negeri Sembilan Syariah Criminal Enactment 1992 for dubious teachings.



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