Politician among Syiah followers detained in Kota Baru

Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah

KOTA BARU: A division head of a political party suspected of heading a Syiah group in the state is believed to be among several individuals who were arrested by authorities here on Thursday.

Sources told the NSTP that the 65-year-old was among 50 suspected Syiah followers – including women and children – who were arrested in an operation organised by the Kelantan Islamic Affairs and Religious Department (JAHEAIK) at Jalan Sri Cemerlang here.

Several religious books were also seized in the one-hour operation which began at 10.30pm and which was assisted by the police.

“The local religious authority, with the help of other enforcement agencies, has been monitoring the group for many years. None was ever nabbed, as they always managed to escape.

“However, this time, luck was not on their side,” said the source.

Efforts to contact JAHEAIK director Datuk Che Mohd Rahim Jusoh today proved futile. However, it is learnt that he will be holding a press conference on the case tomorrow.

Apart from the Syiah group, the state religious authority has also identified several other “similar groups” which are active in the state. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd