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Malaysia to Question Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, Considers Deportation

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said hat the country will revoke the Permanent Resident (PR) status of Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Niak if investigations show that his actions are causing harm to the country’s well-being.

Mahathir said that the government is currently waiting for the result of the investigation whether the leader’s alleged “inflammatory remarks” against minorities residing in the country,

Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement late on Thursday that the police will question Naik following his remarks about Malaysians of Chinese and Hindu backgrounds.

Meanwhile, Naik served a letter of demand to Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran claiming that the statement, titled “Zakir Naik’s presence in Malaysia is embarrassing to all Malaysians”, had painted him as a dishonest person who would abuse Islam for his own selfish purpose, and who unfairly and dishonestly accused Malaysian Hindus of being disloyal to Malaysia.

The preacher wanted an apology from Mr Kulasegaran, who was among the federal ministers speaking out against him.

Naik, a citizen of India, has been granted permanent residency in Malaysia by the previous government. He was forced to leave India in 2016, saying he was subjected to harassment and religious persecution by the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

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