Perlis police gag Naik as preacher skips state-backed gathering
KANGAR: Pressure is growing on Indian preacher Dr Zakir Naik ahead of a three-day programme that was to have featured him and his family members as the star speakers.
This comes as Perlis police chief Noor Mushar Mohd today warned Naik, who has been battling allegations of disrupting racial harmony through a series of comments in Kelantan, against giving any speech in the state.
Mushar also urged organisers to call off the “Malaysia Reverts Camp 2019” programme, which is backed by state government agencies as well as Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin.
“As Perlis police chief, I do not allow Zakir Naik to attend the programmes today as he has been raising issues that can threaten the general peace of Malaysians,” he told a press conference.
He said some 150 police reports have been filed against Naik.
“We are a multiracial country, we have to take care of the sensitivities of all and the peace and harmony that we currently enjoy. I am duty-bound to ensure that.
“Naik can come (to Perlis), but he cannot give any talks. If the organisers let him talk, then action will be taken under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and other relevant laws.”
He also said Naik should inform state police in the future what he plans to speak on.
“The way he talks, not everyone likes it. People of other races are unhappy. If he wants to talk, ask him to inform us first what he wants to talk, let us vet it.”
KUALA LUMPUR: Fresh from his controversial speeches in the east coast and despite growing calls for his deportation, embattled preacher Dr Zakir Naik and his family are set to feature in events spanning three days in Perlis this week, with special sessions for male and female participants.
Naik, his wife Farhat, and their children Fariq, Rushda and Zikra will feature in a series of sessions designed for Muslim converts, with government agencies as well as state broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) listed as co-partners.
The sessions, which begin tomorrow, are part of what is called “Malaysia Reverts Camp” organised by Perlis-based Islamic propagation group One Centre Malaysia and the Perlis Malay Customs and Islamic Religious Council.
“Revert” is a term used by some Muslim missionaries who believe that non-Muslims who embrace Islam are returning to the religion of their birth.
The camp will be held at the scenic Al Hussain Mosque, also known as the “Floating Mosque”.
The list of key speakers at the event includes Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, who has openly defended Naik, and Islamic motivation speakers Zamri Vinoth and Ridhuan Tee Abdullah.
Among the topics listed are “Da’wah or Destruction”, “Religion in the Right Perspective”, “Flee to Allah”, “Who Are Your True Friends”, “Purpose of Life” and “Women’s Movement for Creating Noble Generations”.
There will also be question-and-answer sessions.
Organisers have touted the event as the largest congregation of Muslim converts in Malaysia.
“Insha Allah, this programme will get recognition from the Malaysia Book of Records,” organisers said last month.