He was obviously protected by the BN-UMNO Government. PAS adored him.
Can we expect the new government to be different?
No. He is now under the “protection” of Dr Mahathir.
11 July 2018
Law lecturer Shamser Singh Thind is the latest to wade into the controversy surrounding the status of controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik
Among others, the Penang-based lecturer wondered if he would be accorded the privilege of having a cup of coffee with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Speaking to Malaysiakini, Shamser questioned the need for Zakir to be given “VVIP treatment” with regard to the latter’s meeting with Mahathir over the weekend.
“He was allowed to meet Mahathir over a cup of coffee? Will I ever get this chance?” he asked
Shamser also addressed the allegations against Zakir, which ranged from money laundering to inspiring terror-related activities. The preacher has denied these claims.
“Is Zakir a terrorist? Or does he have any link to terrorism? Well, I don’t know.
“Personally, I have no problems with him. I even attended his son’s lecture at Universiti Sains Malaysia,” he added.
On Zakir’s critics accusing him of making hate speeches, Shamser said this was not the main issue either.
“The issue here is not about his, arguably, offensive speeches.
“The issue here is that he is wanted in his country and Malaysia should not interfere in the administration of justice by protecting him,” he pointed out.
“Why are we not returning someone who is wanted in India? Who are we to say India is wrong and Zakir is right?” he asked.
8 July 2018
PPBM strategist defends Dr M over Zakir Naik
Rais Hussin says deporting Naik to India would be akin to deporting Uighur Muslims to China.
Zakir Naik had a brief meeting with Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Saturday. (Facebook pic)
PETALING JAYA: PPBM strategist Rais Hussin has defended Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s decision not to deport Indian Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik.
Speaking to FMT, Rais said he personally could see no wrong in Naik’s activities and speeches. Deporting him would be akin to deporting Uighur Muslims to China, he said, referring to a request by China for the extradition of 11 Uighur men who entered Malaysia illegally last year from Thailand.
Rais also took issue with criticism of Naik on social media. He said Naik had his own way of articulating his views through debates and Naik’s detractors – those with “a mob mentality” – should debate him rather than asking him to be deported to India.
Naik is wanted by Indian authorities over allegations of money laundering and terrorism. Naik has denied the charges, saying he is a victim of Indian media sensationalising the issue to gain a bigger audience.
There was intense media speculation that Naik would be extradited to India, but on Friday, Mahathir said that the government would not deport Naik as he has been granted a Malaysian permanent residency status.
Yesterday, Naik met Mahathir in an unscheduled but brief meeting according to sources. However, it is unclear what transpired during the meeting.
5 July 2018
4 July 2018
Controversial Preacher Zakir Naik Denies Report Of His Return To India
Zakir Naik left India in 2016 and has been living in Putrajaya in Malaysia since. He was also given a permanent residency and embraced by top Malaysian government officials.
New Delhi: Zakir Naik, the controversial preacher known for hate speeches that allegedly inspired an ISIS terrorist involved in the 2016 Dhaka attack, is heading back to India from Malaysia, sources told NDTV on Tuesday.
“He is out of the country tonight. He will be taking a flight to India today I believe,” a Malaysian government source told NDTV in Kuala Lumpur.
Naik has called the report “totally baseless and false”. He was quoted as saying: “I have no plans to come to India till I don’t feel safe from unfair prosecution. When I feel that the government will be just and fair, I will surely return to my homeland.” His lawyer Dato Shaharuddin Ali said “as of today”, there is no truth in the report that Zakir Naik was being sent back to India. Neither had he been served any extradition papers, he added.
The home ministry says it has no communication from Malaysia on Naik’s return.