KUALA LUMPUR – Controversial Islamic Preacher Dr Zakir Naik said that he was not being racist in his recent remarks about Malaysian Hindus and Chinese.
However, he apologised if his speech has offended the non-Muslims of the country.
He said that his statements were used ‘selectively with fabrications added to them’.
“I have always uphold peace because that’s what the al-Quran stands for. It has been my mission to spread peace throughout the world. Unfortunately, I do face detractors who try to prevent me from carrying out my mission,” he said as reported in a news portal today.
Zakir repeated that his remarks have been used out of context where he is being accused for causing racial discords in Malaysia.
He was questioned for more than 10 hours yesterday at the Bukit Aman Police Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. He was only released past midnight. That was also the second day he was called for questioning over his statement during a talk in Kota Bharu, Kelantan.
Zakir is also sad that the non-Muslims see him as a racist over what happened.
“Racism is an evil I am staunchly against, as is the Quran, and it is the exact opposite of everything I stand for as an Islamic preacher,” he said.
During his speech in Kelantan, Zakir suggested that as a ‘new guest’ of the country who has been called to be extradited back to India, the ‘old guests’ such as the Chinese should be deported first.
He also claimed that the Malaysian Hindus are more loyal to the Prime Minister of India than the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Nevertheless, Zakir apologised everyone who feels hurt because of this misunderstanding.
“I do not want any of you to harbour ill feelings towards me. It was never my intention to upset any individual or community.”
“It is against the basic tenets of Islam, and I would like to convey my heartfelt apologies for this misunderstanding,” he said.
He also urged the people, especially the non-Muslims to listen to his full speech in YouTube and Peace TV. – MalaysiaGazette