Published18 AUGUST, 2019UPDATED 18 AUGUST, 2019
SINGAPORE — Mumbai-born preacher Zakir Naik should stay away from making political speeches in Malaysia, said Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr Mahathir, who has backed the Muslim scholar several times before, did not hold back on Sunday (Aug 18), saying Mr Zakir has gone too far with his recent racial comments.
“I don’t know who gave him his permanent resident status but he should stay out of politics. He can preach, he can spread Islam and we are not going to stop him.
“But he must not talk about politics. Asking the Chinese and Indians to go back is political. Clearly, he is stirring up racial sentiments… let the police investigate.
“In Malaysia, we have rule of law and we will put that into practice,” Dr Mahathir said after an event at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
SHAH ALAM: Zakir Naik is under investigation for the intent to provoke a breach of the peace, says the police.
“We have opened an investigation paper based on a report made in Gombak. Around 115 reports have been lodged on the matter so far, ” said Federal CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed during a press conference on Thursday (Aug 15) at the Selangor police headquarters.
Zakir had called on the Malaysian Chinese to “go back” first as they were the “old guests” of the country during a religious talk titled “Executive Talk bersama Dr Zakir Naik” in Kota Baru, Kelantan in response to calls for his own deportation.
Zakir’s speech at the same venue was also condemned by many parties after he compared the Hindus in Malaysia to the Muslims in India, saying that the Hindus here enjoyed more than 100% rights in Malaysia compared to Muslims in India.
Police are probing Indian-born Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik over his remarks during a speech in Kelantan last week.
According to Bernama, federal CID director Huzir Mohamed said a total of 115 police reports have been lodged against the preacher.
During his Aug 8 speech, the preacher questioned the loyalty of Hindu Malaysians and suggested that Chinese Malaysians are “old guests” in the country.
Zakir, who is a Malaysian permanent resident, has claimed he was misquoted over the Hindu Malaysian comment but had yet to explain his remarks on the local Chinese.