Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was silent on the controversial preacher’s reported PR status in Malaysia.
LETTER: Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi should clarify whether controversial preacher Zakir Naik was hiding in the country after being granted PR status.
We would not be surprised, as alleged by authorities in India, that Zakir was hiding in Malaysia under his PR status.
Hindraf would be very concerned if Zakir has PR in Malaysia.
We received information months ago that the National Registration Department (NRD) processed Zakir’s application for PR at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
It was a secret meeting where a team of officers from the NRD were present.
We were informed by well-wishers.
We did not disclose the information then, or pursue the matter, at the request of the informants. The informants continue to remain anonymous at their request.
We are referring to a Home Ministry statement denying that Zakir was granted citizenship in Malaysia.
Zahid was silent on whether Zakir has PR in the country. Zahid must clear the air once and for all.
The clarification was also all the more important since the Home Minister was seen in public with Zakir about two months ago in Kuala Lumpur.
Zahid hosted the Indian preacher at a time when New Delhi was actively seeking his whereabouts. The Indian Government was concerned that Zakir’s speeches had allegedly motivated IS (Islamic State) terrorists.
Already, the government-owned Islamic network TV Alhijrah was still carrying programmes from Zakir’s Peace TV. Such shows are not conducive for harmony in a multicultural country like Malaysia.
Zakir’s preaching had been banned even in Bangladesh, a Muslim country, and in India, the UK and Canada.
Despite this, Zakir had been provided with immunity and support by the Malaysian Government. He was allowed to continue his controversial preaching.
Zakir fosters separation and reinforces prejudices against non-Muslims.
We can compare Zakir’s treatment by the government with the over 300,000 stateless people in Malaya (peninsula) whose lives were subject to lopsided and racial policies.
At the same time, someone like Zakir Naik who encourages violence and incites enmity was given a freehand to preach in the country.
P. Waytha Moorthy
Hindraf Makkal Sakthi
Mon 28 Nov, 2016