KUALA LUMPUR – The police have banned controversial Islamic preacher, Dr. Zakir Naik from making public speeches throughout Malaysia.
According to the Corporate Communications Head of the Royal Malaysia Police, Datuk Asmawati Ahmad, the ban was made the sake of national security and to preserve the harmony between races.
According to her, the police have issued a directive to its contingents nationwide.
Earlier, Zakir was barred in Melaka, Johor, Selangor, Pulau Pinang, Kedah, Perlis and Sarawak following his controversial remarks during his recent talk in Kota Bharu, Kelantan which has caused racial discord.
During his speech, he questioned the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus, claiming that they are more loyal to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than the Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He also said that the ‘old guests’ of Malaysia, the Chinese need to be sent home before he, the ‘new guest’ is being extradited.
Nevertheless, Zakir denied that he was being a racist and alleged that his statements were taken out of context.
The Indian-born preacher who was granted a Malaysian Permanent Residency is also being investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentionally insults, and thereby gives provocation to any person, intending or knowing it to be likely that such provocation will cause him to break the public peace. – MalaysiaGazette