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Zakir Naik barred from holding public meetings in Malaysia

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

Monday August 19, 2019 5:09 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

Zakir Naik

Kuala Lumpur: Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who was granted permanent residency in Malaysia after being issued warrants in India, 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 Zakir Naik - originally a medical practitioner, 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 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".

Naik reportedly also 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", Naik reportedly said.

"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", he added.

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

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

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