PUTRAJAYA — Aug. 14, 2019: Two ministers today raised the issue of the presence of preacher Zakir Naik in Malaysia and statements made by him deemed controversial at the Cabinet meeting and with Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
In a joint statement, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo and Human Resource Minister M. Kula Segaran said they expressed the position that action must be taken and that Zakir, an Indian national, should no longer be allowed to remain in Malaysia.
The two are leaving it to Mahathir to decide how best to deal with the problem.
Gobind and Kula Segaran also reiterated the concerns raised by many over Zakir’s speeches and statements which they considered inflammatory.
“We therefore express our objections to Zakir Naik in the meanwhile holding any further events here or making further statements which impact on race relations and public order,” they said, according to a Bernama report.
Mahathir had said that the problem the government faces is that Zakir cannot be sent back for fear of being killed. However, he is open to the idea of sending Zakir to any other country.
At an event on August 3 Zakir was quoted to have said that Malaysian Hindus were more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than Mahathir.