Zakir Naik Deputy President of UMNO Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 11 APRIL 2019
Deputy President of UMNO Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 11 APRIL 2019

By Shawaliah Hadir

KUALA LUMPUR – Controversial Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik is urged to set good example as a preacher and not belittle the status and citizenship of certain races although we have the freedom of speech in the country.

If he failed to protect the multi-racial harmony in the country with his controversial statements, Zakir then, cannot blame the government if he is being extradited.

The Deputy President of UMNO, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said, the freedom of speech as guaranteed in the Constitution is not absolute.

No one, not even a great Muslim scholar or a statesman has the freedom to disparage the status and citizenship of any races in Malaysia.

“To Zakir Naik, you have been treated with respect in this country. And, as a renowned preacher, it is your responsibility to act wisely and show a good example that Islam is good for all.

“If you don’t have the ability to do that, then, you cannot blame the Government of Malaysia if they act against you,” Mohamad said in a statement today.

Yesterday, the President of PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that the preacher ought to be thankful to the government for continuing to provide protection for him.

Therefore, if the protection with the status as a Permanent Resident so that he can stay safely in the country is given to him, he is urged not to bring problems to the government.

Zakir is barred from delivering public speech in all states of Malaysia, including the social media.

According to the Head of Corporate Communications from the Royal Malaysia Police, Datuk Asmawati Ahmad, the ban was made due to national security reasons so that the racial harmony in the country can be maintained.

In Mohamad’s statement, he, who is also known as Tok Mad said that the proposal to extradite Zakir will only threaten his life and is against human rights.

Therefore, he hoped that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad can make a rational decision and at the same time, take into consideration of the political situation in the country.

According to Tok Mat, justice towards the preacher can only be proven when his basic human rights is being respected.

“No matter how we do not agree with Zakir Naik in certain issues, justice will only prevail if we can guarantee that his basic rights are being respected, if he is being extradited.

“If we know that his rights will be compromised, then, Malaysia is responsible to act wisely, based on the best international legal practice.

“The Prime Minister should balance the national interest, Zakir Naik’s basic human rights and the political development of the multi-races in Malaysia. We hope for a wise decision from him,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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