Another imam faces expulsion for role in riot
By R.S.N. MURALI, theStarOnline
KUALA TERENGGANU, Sep 21 - One imam has been sacked and another may face the same outcome if he is found to be directly involved in the Sept 8 riot in Batu Burok here.
State Islam Hadhari Development and Welfare committee chairman Datuk Rosol Wahid said severe action was meted out against the imam from Kampung Kebun Air, Manir, here as his behaviour was unbecoming.
He said the other imam from Kampung Pak Madah, Alor Limbat, Marang, caught on video shouting at Federal Reserve Unit personnel, during the riot, could face similar punishment.
Rosol said he has strong evidence that the imam was involved in the riot.
Rosol said the imam had misbehaved during the riot and, as a religious man, he should not have conducted himself in such a manner.
"We can't be lenient on such cases as their actions are unacceptable.
"They should be the one leading the way but these imams are manifesting negative traits while professing beliefs and opinions that they do not hold," he said. Meanwhile, more people on Friday surrendered to the police to help facilitate the probe into the riot after their pictures appeared in the newspaper.
Police earlier this week said that if the individuals sought in connection with the riot did not surrender by Friday, a manhunt would be launched to track them down.