KUALA LUMPUR – Ministers from DAP, M. Kula Segaran and Gobing Singh Deo urged Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to extradite controversial Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik.
In a joint-statement today, the Minister of Human Resources and the Minister of Communications and Multimedia said that Zakir should not be allowed to stay in Malaysia following his statement questioning the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus.
“We have stated our stand, where actions need to be taken and Zakir Naik should not be allowed to stay in Malaysia.
“The Prime Minister took note of our concerns. We leave it to him to decide on how to handle the issue,” said the duo.
In his recent talk in Kelantan, Zakir compared the Hindus in Malaysia, whom he alleged has a lot of privileges compared to the Muslims in India.
The preacher also alleged that the Hindus in Malaysia are more loyal to the Prime Minister in India, Narendra Modi than their own Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Elaborating further, the two ministers said that Zakir should not be allowed in any future talks.
“We also raised our concerns that his statements had raised a lot of anger among our people.
“Therefore, we raised our objection towards Zakir Naik and urge him not to hold any other activities in Malaysia, or make further statements which can impact the public order and relationship between our multi-racial citizens,” said the two leaders from DAP.
Zakir, who is also a Permanent Resident of Malaysia is wanted by the Indian authorities to appear in the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court on 31 July. He is facing charges for inciting communal disharmony and committing unlawful activities in India.
Besides that, Zakir is also facing probes in India and Bangladesh on terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in July 2016 when the two suspects of the attack claimed that they were inspired by Zakir’s preaching.
Furthermore, the Indian Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also filed a complaint against Zakir on money laundering charges amounting to Rs193.06 crore (RM115 million). -MalaysiaGazette