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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21, 2015:

The statement made by Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa on the arrest of two Hizbut Tahrir Malaysia (HTM) activists involved in a protest in front of the American embassy earlier this month was unreasonable, says HTM spokesman Abdul Hakim Othman.

Abdul Hakim, one of the individuals detained by police, said the authorities had full knowledge of the plans for the rally.

He said HTM viewed United States (US) President Barack Obama as a world leader in terror and that his arrival to Malaysia must not be accepted and treated with importance.

“The US is a country that clearly opposes Islamic nations such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

“Therefore, it is the enemy of Islam and it is unwise for us to welcome the leader who slaughters Muslims to Malaysia,” he told The Rakyat Post after being released from the Dang Wangi district police headquarters today.

Another HTM activist detained was the group’s vice-president, Sopian Jahir, also known by the name Umar Husin.

Hakim was arrested at 6.30am at his residence in Section 8, Bangi, under Section 105 of the Criminal Procedure Code on suspicion of committing an offence.

He added that police also questioned the work and overall activities carried out by HTM.

Hakim explained that Bukit Aman police also asked questions that seemed to connect HTM with the Islamic State (IS) terrorist movement.

“HTM is not IS and we do not recognise what they are doing as their methods go against Islam.

“The flag that is carried by HTM is not the IS flag as it is the flag of the Prophet Muhammad and is different from IS that also displays the Prophet’s seal.

“HTM has never stated that the flag is ours. It is the flag of all Muslims in the world.”

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