Hindraf wants talks with Hadi on Zakir Naik

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Joe Fernandez
The invitation includes three others who have been critical of Hindraf chairman P. Waythamoorthy on alleged hate preacher Zakir Naik.
KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights advocate, P. Waythamoorthy, has invited PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang for discussions over tea with his legal team in Kuala Lumpur on alleged hate preacher Zakir Naik from India.

The subject of the Thurs 23 Mar 2017 meet: a legal suit by 19 people, including Waytha, on Zakir Naik.

The written invite for tea at Suite 10-10, Menara Sentral Vista, Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, includes three other critics viz. Perlis Menteri Besar Azlan bin Man, Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali, and IKRAM president Mohamad Parid Syeikh Ahmad.

Briefly, said Waytha who heads Hindraf Makkal Sakthi — the popular name for the Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia — “unfair accusations have been hurled by the critics” since the suit launched by the 19 plaintiffs.

“No one is above the law and the Federal Constitution,” explained Waytha on the suit. “The suit was not seditious.”

It does not challenge and insult the Islamic faith, he said. “Paragraph 1 of the suit is crystal clear.”

The issue raised in the suit, national security, was legitimate, said Waytha. “An undesirable foreigner — Zakir Naik — cannot be allowed to roam Malaysia with impunity.”

He added that if Zakir was “acclaimed and respected by some as an Islamic preacher”, that was besides the point. “They (fans) do not see his larger agenda of promoting hatred,” said Waytha. “He’s causing serious danger to public order in Malaysia.”

The human rights advocate believes that “Zakir’s alleged involvement in terrorism-related activities” was also simply being ignored. “The threat to national security is clear and present,” said Waytha. “The recent arrests of local and foreign ISIS members in Malaysia also refer.”

The disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh, he said, further highlights the dangers to national security. “This has never happened before in the country,” said Waytha. “The Pastor’s disappearance appears to have been well executed.”

The Hindraf chief singled out the Mufti of Perlis in particular “for continuing his criminal defamation tirade against him and his organisation”.

“He does not have a clear understanding of the suit on Zakir Naik,” said Waytha. “There’s no substance in his criticisms on the suit.”

Elsewhere, Waytha reiterated that he has written repeatedly to the Prime Minister, his deputy, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) on “the authorities concerned virtually harbouring Zakir Naik”.

“There has been deafening silence from the government on the alleged hate preacher,” he said.

Waytha believes that Zakir, who has been awarded Tokoh Maal Hijrah by Malaysia, may have been granted permanent residence in the country.

The Hindraf letter was also extended to the Prime Minister, his deputy and the IGP.

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