The banned preacher and fanatic Zakir Naik was already in Malaysia and apparently his series of lectures is in progress.
PRESS STATEMENT Hindraf Makkal Sakthi, the human rights NGO whose constituency is the poor and stateless besides freedom of religion, warns the authorities concerned that cancelling a Zakir Naik (Dr) event organized for April 17 alone would not be sufficient. The banned preacher and fanatic Zakir Naik from India was already in Malaysia and apparently his series of lectures is in progress.
Hindraf wants Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to take advice from the police and the intelligence provided. He should immediately revoke Zakir Naik’s visa and deport him.
The Home Ministry should blacklist him to impose a permanent ban on this so called religious preacher.
We note media reports of a tweet from Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar confirming that the event organized for the hate preacher Zakir Naik on April 17 at Dewan Besar UTeM, “Similarities between Hinduism and Islam”, has been called off by the police on the grounds of public order and sensitivities of the multi-religious groups in the country. https://twitter.com/kbab51
The fact that the IGP has confirmed that Zakir Naik was a threat to public order follows that he was equally a threat to national security too. He was capable of inciting religious and racial hatred among the various races in this country.
There should no longer be any excuses to allow Zakir Naik to continue his speeches in the country. We cherish peace and stability.
The Home Minister and the IGP has failed to scrutinize Zakir Naik’s speeches delivered worldwide. They are easily available on YouTube.
His has a reputation worldwide as a person who tacitly and openly condones acts of violence and terrorism and yet Malaysia has issued him a visa to enter the country and preach havoc.
His lecture tour should have been rejected ab initio rather than allowing public outcry to cancel just one single programme. We urge the Home Minister and the IGP to be more responsible and take into account national interest and national security first.
The reputation of Malaysia would be further tarnished if it condones, supports and harbours the hate lectures of this individual.
In urging the authorities concerned to take our views on Zakir Naik seriously, we append two cases on the hate preacher who was already on the list of 16 similar individuals banned from preaching in Malaysia.
The decisions of the High Court of Justice Queen’s Bench Division London and the UK Court of Appeal decision to ban Zakir Naik as a threat to global security can be read at the links below:
Chairman, Hindraf Makkal Sakthi