Controversial Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik has filed a police report against Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy and three others.
The others named in the report were Klang MP Charles Santiago, Bagan Dalam assemblyperson Satees Muniandy and former ambassador Dennis J Ignatius.
The Indian-born preacher, who is a Malaysian permanent resident, lodged the report in Shah Alam this morning.
Preacher Zakir Naik has given Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran (photo, above)48 hours to apologise for making allegedly defamatory remarks against the former.
Zakir is also expecting Kulasegaran to offer a “reasonable sum” as settlement for the damage, embarrassment, humiliation and dishonour suffered from the allegedly defamatory statement.
According to the letter of demand to Kulasegaran, Zakir’s lawyers are under strict instructions to initiate legal proceedings if the demands are not met.
The letter, prepared by Akberdin Abdul Kader, was served today at Kulasegaran’s office in Putrajaya. It is understood that Kulasegaran is currently abroad on official duty.
Kulasegaran was alleged to have defamed Zakir in a press statement issued on Aug 13 to criticise the preacher’s speech in Kelantan.
Among others, Zakir had said Malaysians of Indian origin “support the prime minister of India but not the prime minister of Malaysia” and “the Hindu Malaysians, most of them are supporting the prime minister of India”.
Akberdin said Kulasegaran’s press statement imputed that their client Zakir was a dishonest person who would abuse the Islamic religion for selfish purposes and had dishonestly accused Hindu Malaysians of being disloyal to Malaysia.
Kulasegaran was also accused of imputing Zakir of attempting to cause disharmony among Malaysians, that he did not deserve to be accorded permanent resident status, of saying that Hindus in Malaysia are more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and that the preacher is partisan in Malaysian politics.
Akberdin said all the allegedly defamatory statements were untrue and designed to subject their client to public odium and humiliation.
Zakir also accused Kulasegaran of misusing the Human Resources Ministry official letterhead for personal and political gain and unilaterally issuing statements against the notion of collective responsibility.
KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial preacher Zakir Naik is demanding an apology from M. Kulasegaran over the Human Resources Minister’s statements on him in a press release.
In a letter of demand, which was served through Messrs Akberdin & Co here on Friday (Aug 16), Zakir said Kulasegaran had defamed him in a press release entitled “Zakir Naik’s presence in Malaysia is embarrassing to all Malaysians”.
The press release was issued on Aug 13 using the letterhead of the ministry.
The defamatory statements, Zakir claimed, were then published in several publications and a news portal.
Zakir claimed that the statement painted him as a dishonest person who would abuse the Islamic religion for his own selfish purpose, and who unfairly and dishonestly accused Malaysian Hindus of being disloyal to Malaysia.
He further claimed that Kulasegaran had indicated he was leveraging and taking advantage of the current polemic related to race and religion in the country for his own survival and benefits at the expense of the Malaysian tax payers, among others.
“The defamatory statements are clearly actuated by malice, hatred and spite, ” it said.
Zakir also claimed that Kulasegaran had directly abused his position as the Human Resources Minister by misusing the official letterhead for his personal and political gain.
He demanded Kulasegaran to retract the allegations and to apologise, as well as to agree to a suitable compensation for the injury of his reputation within 48 hours, of the date of the letter.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — India-born fugitive televangelist Dr Zakir Naik has lodged a police report against Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran and several others, and has also sent a legal demand for an apology over the latter’s alleged defamatory remarks.
In the police report lodged earlier today and sighted by the media, Dr Zakir described himself as “Dr Zakir Abdul Karim Naik and a permanent resident of Malaysia”, before going on to state that he was lodging his complaint against five individuals including Kulasegaran.
Dr Zakir told the police that the five had allegedly made defamatory statements against him through social media or websites after his August 8 speech in Kota Baru, Kelantan, and listed the links to these alleged remarks.
“I lodge this report so as to enable the police to commence an investigation against the said individuals under the Penal Code (Act 15) and / or Sedition Act 1948 (Act 574) and other relevant laws for defaming me and for instigating racial disharmony and hatred among the citizens of Malaysia,” Dr Zakir said in the police report lodged before noon at the Section 6 police station within the Shah Alam district.
The law firm acting for Dr Zakir also sent a letter of demand dated August 15 to Kulasegaran to demand for his apology, among other things.
Lawyer Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader, who is representing Dr Zakir in this matter, confirmed the authenticity of the documents when contacted by Malay Mail.