Asri Janggut Under Police Investigation For Insulting PDRM And ATM Officials

In a viral 31-second clip, Asri expressed that members of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Malaysian Army (ATM) often skip prayers.

Cover image via Astro Awani & Bernama/New Straits Times

Hot Burger Malaysia owner Mohd Asri Hamid, also known as Asri Janggut, has been called in for questioning by Bukit Aman in relations to a statement he made in a recent viral video

In a 31-second clip uploaded by Twiter user @MalaysiaMilita1, Asri expressed that members of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Malaysian Army (ATM) often skip prayers.

He said, "Most of the people who join the police force and the army skip prayers. They take it lightly, they're soft, smoke cigarettes, and do not care about their prayers. Try asking a police officer, do they pray during subuh? When was the last time they prayed subuh with their wife? Do they even ask their children regarding the syahadah?" 

The video uploaded on Wednesday, 12 August, has since garnered over 337,000 views.

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador has described the claim as outrageous.

Asri will be called in by the Classified Criminal Investigation Unit to give a statement this week.

Abdul Hamid told Bernama that the matter should not have been raised in public in the first place.

He said, "This (prayer) is between us and God and the PDRM has never set aside its religious obligations. Moral and religious education has always been encouraged in the force."

"People need to know that PDRM also has [individuals who memorise the Quran] and every district police headquarters nationwide has a surau," he added.

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

Image via Bernama/New Straits Times

Meanwhile, Federal CID deputy director Mior Faridalathrash Wahid told Astro Awani that the investigation was launched after two reports were lodged against Asri at the Travers Police Station and Tun Razak Police Station.

"The investigation is being conducted in accordance with Section 505(c) of the Penal Code and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998," he said.

Federal CID deputy director Mior Faridalathrash Wahid.

Image via Berita Harian

The Hot Burger Malaysia owner has since issued a public apology

On his business' official Facebook page, he wrote, "Bismillah, assalamualaikum everybody. Regarding the prayers (statement), I admit that it is my weakness, ignorance, and I am very regretful, ashamed, and guilty over the matter. I would like to apologise over my ignorance."

Meanwhile, in another video reposted by a Twitter user, Asri says, "With all my heart and humility, I would like to apologise to all PDRM and ATM officers over my mistake, ignorance, and idiocy in making a statement saying that many of them skip prayers." 

"I would like to apologise because I did not expect myself to say so. I did not mean to hurt the feelings of any PDRM and ATM officers. I would like to apologise in God's name, please forgive me," he added.

Asri first garnered the attention of netizens when he called out the authorities for ignoring illegal gambling dens in Sungai Buloh:

Meanwhile, following allegations of corruption, four enforcement officers from the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) have been nabbed for taking bribes from business owners in the area:

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