Zakir Naik in soup over racial speeches in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 19 (IANS): Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who was granted permanent residency in Malaysia after he fled India on being charged with giving inflammatory speeches, has been barred from holding religious talks in several Malaysian states.

Naik, who has been living in Malaysia for the last three years, is in the limelight for his remarks against non-Muslim minorities, especially the Chinese and Hindus in Malaysia.

Seven states - Melaka, Johor, Selangor, Penang, Kedah, Perlis and Sarawak - have decided to bar the controversial preacher from speaking in public.

Malaysia's former police chief Rahim Noor has urged the government to rescind his Permanent Resident (PR) status and return him to India.

"Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had commented that the government will consider rescinding his PR status if it is proven that he has committed criminal offences," Noor was quoted as saying.

In his racial comments, Naik had said that Hindus in Malaysia get "100 times more rights" than the Muslim minority gets in India, and yet they support the "Prime Minister of India and not the Prime Minister of Malaysia".

Despite facing calls for deportation by multiple parties, Naik called on the Malaysian Chinese to "go back" first as they were the "old guests" of the country.

"Later on, more people came and Malaysia became fully Muslim. Then you have the Chinese coming, the Indian coming, the British coming. They are our new guests.

"People call me a guest. So I said, before me, the Chinese were the guests. They aren't born here. If you want the new guest to go first, (then) ask the old guests to go back.

"The Chinese weren't born here, most of them. Maybe the new generation, yes.

"If you want the guest to go back and those guest which (sic) are bringing peace in the community, they are benefit (sic) for the family," he said while addressing a religious talk last week.

Prime Minister Mahathir has said that Naik should stay away from making political speeches in Malaysia.

The Malaysian Prime Minister, who has backed the Muslim scholar several times before, said the preacher has gone too far with his recent racial comments.

Naik is wanted in India in cases of financial irregularities and hate speech.

Malaysia's impatience with Naik also comes days after Malaysian Minister P. Waytha Moorthy, special envoy of the Prime Minister, visited India and met Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.


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  • John Tauro, M'luru

    Tue, Aug 20 2019

    Ab teri ulti ginthi shuru.

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  • Tausif, Mysore

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    First arrest communal watermouths in BJP first.
    Other wise let's BJP declare it's Anti Muslims stand why this cat and rat show.

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  • Ravi, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    Malaysia will soon realize they have reared a snake in their house. It has kept quiet so far and now its time to show its true colours.

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  • Azeez Vittal, Dubai

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    You reap, what you sow....

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    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    This man has been on run for long , should be brought back to India and be prosecuted.

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  • Hussain, AbuDhabi

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    Prosecute for what? Interpol rejected Indian Govt claims outright !! Indian Court termed it baseless. Govt is trying very hard to prosecute him. First tried to implicate in Terror charges but when it failed started money laundering case... All botched up.

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  • Ahmed, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    Now nobody will come forward to support him.

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    Malaysian Hindus were trying hard to deport him from Malaysia by either hook or crook. The issue is being blown out of proportion and with the help of Sanghi government of India Hindus of Malaysia are lobbying a lot pressurising the Malaysian government.

    What ZK spoke is 100% when asked by the reporter. Hats off to him for dating to speak the truth no matter how hard b the results. God supports only those who speak truth in any situation.

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  • Khabib, Manglore

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    U are 100% right.
    In reality there will be nothing as what sanghi media speak.
    They want muslim to be on headlines..this is thier agenda globally.

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  • Shark, Japan

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    Right truth prevail 100 % indians only hating zakir naik i dont why this .why this people anser zakir naiks questions.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    Are you looking for a visa to Malaysia?

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    Don't worry, his deeds will catch him one day. All he does is mock and insult other religions and their figures. If he only speaks truth and righteous human ever born why he is running away. Let him come to India and face the law.

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  • Ravi,, Udyavara

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    Naik nahi ...Kal Naik hai tu... his marketing skill about Islam is very well ...initially he tells all religions are same, bla, bla, bla & finally he makes statement that Islam is ultimate.

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  • clvie, Kuwait

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    True colours of the wily fox came out. He should be thrown out.

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  • Allen, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    First of all he should be banned from wearing that neck tie and suit as it looks awkward and doesn't go along with his cap, face and beard!

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    Most Islamic countries categorize citizens as Muslims and non Muslims. and he is OK with it. infarct he promotes sharia law.
    Well he can always look at Pakistan for a heroes welcome with a red carpet. Its hard for these supremacists to live under Modi's new India, even though Hindus never call other faiths as non Hindus.

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  • John V., Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    I don't know why he is known as "preacher". I would call him a preacher with devilish belief. I have watched his video . Though he has good knowledge on religious issues, he is full of hatred towards Christians. While in India, he had no guts to show hatred towards Hindus. Since he is now out of India and cannot return to India, he is now showing his true colour. Disgusting man.

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    Mon, Aug 19 2019

    This is what happens when you breed a snake in your home.

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