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Sreedharan Ponnusamy | HENB | Kuala Lumpur | Feb 2, 2017:: Even after strong objections raised by Hindu Forum, HINDRAF on the matter to invite controversial Indian preacher Dr Zakir Naik to give lectures in Malaysia, the Deputy Prime Minister & Home Minister of the country is promoting the radical activism of Naik clandestinely.
Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy has demanded that Dy PM & Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi respond to questions he posed on Indian Muslim televangelist Zakir Naik, whom the activist deemed a national security threat who is “openly promoting terrorism, denigrating and ridiculing members of other faiths”.
“Naik is extremely dangerous to community cohesion, religious tolerance and race-relations. His presence would be undesirable and not conducive to the public good,” said Waythamoorthy in a letter of demand filed through his lawyers.
Zakir delivered a Friday sermon last week on the invitation of the Perlis religious authority.
Zahid’s failure to respond to the issues in a week would result in Waythamoorthy initiating legal action.
The letter of demand, dated yesterday, questioned whether Zakir was granted permanent resident status in Malaysia and the logic of harbouring him in Malaysia even though he is deemed a national security threat in many countries.
Waythamoorthy also questioned whether national security was taken into account before allowing him into the country.
“… whether the government has taken into account national security as the paramount interest in allowing Naik to roam free in Malaysia and if the answer is yes what were the grounds taken into consideration?”
He also questioned Zahid on the inaction of Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar to respond on the status of investigation in a letter dated April 14, 2016 despite numerous police reports lodged against Zakir.
Waythamoorthy also reminded Zahid that Zakir is wanted in India “allegedly for terrorism and money laundering linked activities and there is a ban on his Islamic Research Foundation by the Indian Government in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967”.
He also asked whether Zahid is aware that India found that Zakir had delivered subversive and objectionable speeches.
“What is the real motive of the government in harbouring him and encouraging his speeches in Malaysia?” Waytha asked.
Waytha said he was also waiting for the government to confirm whether Zakir had been given permanent resident status.
Earlier, the government had denied Indian newspaper reports that Malaysia had granted Zakir citizenship.
“Last month, Zakir visited the Al-Madinah International University (Mediu) in Shah Alam, which was also under investigation for radical teachings after two students were arrested on suspicion of being Islamic State recruits planning a terror attack locally.
“So, the government must state if it has taken into account national security interests in allowing Zakir to roam free in Malaysia,” Waytha said.
Zakir was reported to have attended the Al Khadem conference held in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 23.
Earlier last year, Zakir had given talks in various states, including in Terengganu, Malacca and Selangor.
Zakir was awarded the “Tokoh Maal Hijrah” award in 2013.
Lastly, he questioned whether Zahid knew that Zakir was promoting enmity and hatred between different groups in India while inspiring Muslim youths to commit acts of terror, which is an offence under section 153A of the Indian Penal Code.
“As Malaysia and India both have a good friendship, cordial relation and various business tie ups, Malaysian Govt must not promote such a person like Zakir Naik who is censored by Indian Govt and has a very bad reputation for promoting global terrorism”, told by famed Hindu interlocutor and social analyst Upananda Brahmachari.
Brahmachari also conveyed his anguish as the harmonious and peaceful character Malaysia is shaping badly in a very radical state with the presence of Jihadi persons like controversial televangelist Zakir Naik and his fans like Malaysian Dy PM & Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Eminent Advocate of Seremban, Sri Karthigesan Shanmugam also sent a letter (legal notice of Hindraf) to Dy PM and Home Minister of Malaysia pointing out the high concern as “Hate Preacher Zakir Naik roaming free in Malaysia” describing it as “Threat to National Security”.