KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysians do not need to provide special treatment for Dr. Zakir Naik.
On the contrary, the Director of Lawyers for Liberty, Melissa Sasidaran urged the government to take actions on the controversial Islamic preacher.
According to her, the government has the rights to revoke the permanent resident status of an individual who is ‘harmful to the public’, such as Zakir, under the Immigration law.
Naik has abused his permanent resident status by making several inflammatory statements against non-Muslims and non-Malays, including calling on Malaysian Chinese to go back and stating that Malaysian Hindus are more loyal to India’s Prime Minister than our own.
“More than 100 police reports have been lodged against Zakir Naik for these statements and, consequently, the police had barred him from further speaking in public,” she said in a statement yesterday.
Furthermore, according to Melissa, the Indian government had requested Zakir to be extradited over to face money-laundering charges.
Malaysia, according to her, needs to respect the extradition order as the country has entered an extradition deal with India previously.
Although Zakir alleged that he would be endangered if he is sent back to India, he has neither provided any evidence to support his claim nor has he applied for refugee status from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for it to be determined
Besides that, according to her, Zakir can also move to another country as it is understood that he had earlier alleged that he holds a Saudi Arabian citizenship and was being offered by several other countries before this.
“The question lies in why is Malaysia giving special treatment to Zakir when he has abused the status given to him,” Melissa asked.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said that his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi did not make any request for Malaysia to extradite Zakir during their recent meeting in conjunction with the Eastern Economic Forum in Russia.
“I met Narendra Modi, he did not mention about the extradition. He only mentioned Zakir,” he said during a press conference yesterday in Putrajaya. – MalaysiaGazette