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Noose Tightens Around Zakir Naik Following Incendiary Remarks

  • 16 Aug 2019
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The noose is tightening around Zakir Naik, following his remarks insulting local Indians and Chinese in his recent speeches in Kelantan. 

Today, the police barred the controversial India-born preacher from speaking at the "Malaysia Reverts Camp" in Perlis, between Aug 16 and 18. 

"Zakir can come to Perlis, but he can't talk and action will be taken against him if he does so," Perlis police chief SAC Noor Mushar Mohd was quoted saying by news portals, citing the 150 police reports that have so far been lodged against the former. 

"We are a multi-racial country and the sensitivities of others have to be taken into consideration," he added. 

Noor Mushar also told Naik to furnish them with a 10-day notice if he wanted to deliver talks in the future, and also inform the police of the subject matter. 

Naik, who has a permanent resident status here, his wife and three children, were also supposed to feature in the three-day event.

Earlier today, Perlis Mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin said that he had written to the event's organisers, asking Naik and his family to be "excused" from the event, to ensure their own safety. 

Police have confirmed that Naik is being investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.

This is over his remark during his speeches in Kelantan recently that Malaysian Hindus were more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than they are to Malaysian premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, despite receiving “100 times” more rights than Muslims in India.

To those asking him to be deported to India, where he is wanted on alleged terrorism and money laundering charges, Naik said that the Chinese, who are also considered "guests" here, should be asked to leave first.

Naik has since claimed that his recent remarks have been taken out of context.

His speech has courted backlash from various quarters, including DAP lawmakers and Bersatu's Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who have called for Naik's deportation to India. 

Opposition parties Umno and PAS, however, have stood by Naik.

Following the controversy, Sarawak announced that the entry ban imposed on Naik since the administration of previous chief minister Adenan Satem, will stay, while Sabah opposition lawmakers have urged the state to impose an entry ban. 

Mahathir had previously said that Malaysia is not keen to keep Naik, but at the same time, it was difficult to deport him elsewhere as no other country wanted him. 

The government is yet to make a stand on Naik following the latest controversy, and whether he will sent back to India to face the music, or allowed to remain here despite incurring the wrath of the populace, remains to be seen. 

Source: The Star, Malaysiakini.
Photo source: The Star