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Zakir Naik faces Malaysian Police action for racial comments against Hindus

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Zakir Naik reportedly said that the Malaysian Hindus were more loyal to the Narendra Modi government in India than to their Malaysian prime minister.

 

New Delhi| Controversial preacher Zakir Naik is facing action by the Malaysian police authorities for his alleged comments against Hindus. Reportedly, during a lecture, Zakir Naik had made a racial comment against Malaysia’s ethnic Hindus and Chinese. The police have now banned him from speaking in public.

Malaysian police grills Zakir Naik
He was grilled for over 10 hours by the Malaysian police in connection to the remark made by him against Malaysian Hindus during a talk in Kota Baru on August 3. His statement was recorded at Bukit Aman Police Headquarter in Malaysia. He was accompanied by his lawyer Akhberdin Abdul Kader.
Zakir Naik was questioned for the second time under Section 504 of the Penal Code of the Malaysian law for the intentional insult with an intent to provoke a breach of peace. In a public meeting at Kota Baru in Malaysia’s Kelantan, On August 3, Zakir Naik reportedly said that the Malaysian Hindus were more loyal to the Narendra Modi government in India than to their Malaysian prime minister.
Malaysian Prime Minister says Naik trying to stir racial feelings
Commenting on the controversy, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir said that Naik is clearly trying to stir up racial feelings. “You can preach. But he wasn’t doing that,” he said. “The police will have to investigate whether it is causing tension; obviously, it is,” he added.
Interpol refuses red corner notice
Recently, the Interpol had refused a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against Naik citing lack of evidence and proof of wrongdoing. Not only that, but the international police organisation has also instructed all its offices to delete all data on Naik from its files.
The Indian government, through the MHA, had banned Zakir Naik and his organisation, the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) in November 2016. Following the ban, all operations of IRF were stopped, and all the staff relieved of their duties. Since the ban in 2016, the Indian government has shifted between charges of terrorism and charges of money laundering against Naik. However, Interpol has said none of these charges is substantiated through proofs.

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