Terrorist Zakir Naik speeches banned in Malaysia too

Terrorist Zakir Naik speeches banned in Malaysia too

Terrorist Zakir Naik speeches banned in Malaysia too
September 18
11:05 2019

Malaysia has banned public speaking by controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik,wanted in India on money laundering charges.

Three Malaysian ministers have demanded for an Islamic preacher from India to be expelled from the multi-ethnic nation for allegedly making religiously sensitive remarks.

Recently he came under fire for commenting that Hindus in the Malaysian country had “100 times more rights” than the Muslim minority in India. Naik is also facing an inquiry set up by the government of Mahathir Mohamed. Prime Minister Modi had raked up Naiks extradition issue during the G7 meeting recently.

Race and religion are sensitive issues in Malaysia,where Muslims make up about 60 per cent of its 32 million people.The rest of the population consists mostly of ethnic Chinese as well as Indians,the majority of whom are Hindus.

Naik,53,is an Islamic evangelist has lived in Malaysia since he was granted permanent residency status in 2016. He has previously been banned from speaking in Britain, Canada and Bangladesh for his hard-line religious views. Naik is wanted in India for serious charges related to terrorism after his name cropped in connection with a ghastly terror attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in July 2016.

The Mumbai-born 53-year-old founder of the controversial ‘Peace TV’fled from India and the previous government there had granted permanent residency to him.

The current Malaysian government has so far not decided on sending him back to India but has barred him from delivering his public speeches. His activities are under constant monitoring of the Malaysian authorities. Naik was being probed in Malaysia under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace.

Naik was earlier barred by seven states-Melaka, Johor, Selangor, Penang, Kedah, Perlis and Sarawak – from speaking in public after his incendiary racial remarks.Malaysia’s former police chief Rahim Noor has urged the government to rescind his Permanent Residency (PR) status and return him to India.

He recently made some racial comments, after which Malaysia’s Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that no one is above the country’s law,”much less a permanent resident” even if he is Zakir Naik.

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