Ministers of Parliament losing own decision making rights and would not dare to spoke against wrong decisions and policies and dictatorship? Where is the righteous fire they once possessed while they were still in opposition ? They now adopt the "Silence Is Golden" attitude just to prove the point "Power corrupts one's mind and aspirations"?
The foreigner wanted in India for criminal activities could easily get PR status shows someone is harbouring him and Malaysian can't help but concluded there could be ulterior motive behind using him to influence Muslim population. The person is treated as "King" with bodyguard and escorts going around spreading extremist views and endanger harmony in Malaysia with no sign of reprimanding him by relevant authorities made Malaysian uneasy and feeling Malaysia is heading towards lawless state.
International observers will definitely pay attention to such abnormal development and interpret wrongly Malaysia is indeed the breeding ground for terrorists.
Therefore, ministers of Parliament should put pressure on relevant authority to take action according to Malaysia Laws and if he is a threat to Malaysia harmony his PR should be cancelled followed by deportation.
Lawmaker fumes after Zakir suggests Hindus here support Modi over Dr M
(Malaysiakini - ug 12th, 2019 (Updated Aug 12th, 2019))
Bagan Dalam assemblyperson M Satees has suggested for Zakir Naik to be sent away from Malaysia to a neutral country after he suggested that Hindus in Malaysia were more loyal to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than to Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"How long is the Malaysian government going to let this guy stay in our country and stir racial and religious tensions among Malaysians? The Malaysian government's justification to keep him in Malaysia is that he will not get ‘a fair trial’ in India.
"But is it worth to keep him here when the harmony and peace of Malaysian society are threatened by his constant hate preaching?" Satees said in a statement.
He said, however, that he recognised the concern that Zakir may be tortured if he is sent back to his home country of India.
"So why not send him to some other country where his preachings will not threaten peace and harmony?
"Zakir Naik has Saudi citizenship, why not send him there? Don’t tell us that Saudi Arabia will let their fellow brethren to face 'unjust infidel laws' if he’s sent there?" he said.
Satees (below) said Zakir's latest statement, made during a roadshow in Kelantan organised by the PAS-led government there, brought into question the loyalty of Hindus in Malaysia.
During a ceramah, Zakir had said: "In India, we Muslims are a minority, according to the government, 14.5 percent [...] here, the non-Muslims, the Hindus, are 6.4 percent in Malaysia but they get more than 100 times more rights than Muslims in India".
"Good [...] I'm not saying take away their rights [...] they are half the percentage of (Muslims) in India and yet the rights they get here is 100 times more than what India gives to minorities so much so they support the prime minister of India and not the prime minister of Malaysia," he said.
Satees said Zakir's statement was tantamount to accusing Hindu Malaysians of being disloyal to Malaysia.
"This foreign criminal who is running away from the law of his own motherland, has no right to question the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus.
"We are proud citizens of Malaysia because we don’t have to use our religion as a justification to run away from criminal charges and we are loyal to this country, for which our forefathers have shed their sweat and blood to build," said the DAP lawmaker.
Zakir, a permanent resident, is in self-imposed exile in the country and he is wanted in his native India on money-laundering charges. Putrajaya has refused to deport the preacher expressing concern about whether he will receive a fair trial.
DAP, PKR ministers informed cabinet they want Zakir out, PM to decide
Two DAP and one PKR minister today said they have raised the issue of preacher Zakir Naik's presence in Malaysia and the controversy he has caused during the cabinet meeting today.
"We have expressed our position which is that action must be taken and that Zakir Naik should no longer be allowed to remain in Malaysia.
"The prime minister has taken note of our concerns. We leave it to him to consider the position and to decide soonest possible what will be done to deal with the problem," Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo and Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran said in a joint statement today.
The two ministers have, among others, raised comments made by Zakir during his ceramah in Kota Bharu last week.
In the interim, the duo said Zakir should no longer be allowed to hold any more events.
"We also reiterate the concerns raised by many over speeches and statements of his which have been inflammatory in nature.
"We, therefore, express our objections to Zakir Naik, in the meanwhile, holding any further events here in Malaysia or making further statements which impact on race relations and public order," they said.
Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister raised many of the same points as his DAP colleagues, adding that Zakir should not be allowed to make seditious remarks.
"This country has always maintained its peace and values through tolerance and well-being amongst its various races and religions. We are, after all, a multiracial country.
"We do not need such individuals to issue seditious statements with the intent to drive the wedge between Muslims and non-Muslims in Malaysia," he said.
He warned that if Zakir's remarks are ignored, it would set a bad precedent and could potentially divide the people along racial and religious lines.
Zakir had attended last week a series of events in Kelantan as part of a roadshow by the PAS-led state government.
During one of the events, Zakir had suggested that Hindu Malaysians were more supportive of the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi than Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He later explained that his comment was taken out of context and that he was speaking in the context of Hindu Malaysians supporting Modi to have him extradited, instead of Mahathir who has defended him.
During the same event, Zakir had also said if he is to be sent out of the country, so should the Chinese who are "old guests" in Malaysia.
Zakir, who is wanted by authorities in India on money laundering charges, has a permanent citizen residency in Malaysia.
Mahathir has baulked at suggestions to extradite him, expressing concern that he won't receive a fair trial.
However, the prime minister had said he was open to sending Zakir to a country that is willing to accept him.
Zakir Naik has to go before it’s too late
(Malaysiakini - S Ramakrishnan | Published: 14 Aug 2019, 3:42 pm)
ADUN SPEAKS | Zakir Naik, a man banned from entering many countries and wanted in India for money-laundering and inciting terrorism is hero-worshipped in Malaysia. He is said to be a Saudi citizen and is a permanent resident of Malaysia.
This so-called preacher cannot converse in Bahasa Melayu and yet people are mobilised to listen to him. I doubt if many in his audience even understand what he is saying. The question then is what value does he impart to the audience?
This preacher is known for his biased and one-sided comparison of religions. In gatherings comprising mainly Muslims, Zakir Naik uses some random verses from the Hindu scriptures and compares them with verses from the Quran. What good does that exercise serve?
To the ignorant, he seems to be the all-knowing scholar. With his ignorance of the deeper meaning of the religion of others, he misleads and misrepresents the religious scripts of other faiths.
He would be doing a much better job by expounding about the greatness of Islam and their prophets and provide clarity about Islam to his audience. Instead, he ends up making unfair comparisons and criticising other religions.
Does this enlighten his followers and the audience? In fact, what this does is that it may instil hatred in his audience. Do we need this in a multicultural, multi-ethnic society like Malaysia?
As a religious preacher, Zakir Naik should be a role model and win friends among all peoples. Instead, he fosters animosity and hatred among Malaysians. Preachers of faiths must set an exemplary life to be taken seriously. Is this practice of criticising other faiths leadership by example?
As a guest of Malaysia, he should not be talking local politics that sow the seeds of disunity in a multiracial and multi-religious society. Malaysians have come a long way in living in peace and harmony.
But Zakir Naik seems to be unconcerned about our existing cordial race relations, forged with great pain and care after many decades of independence.
It is nothing short of being dangerous providing shelter to such a guest. It is time Malaysia creates clear-cut policies when inviting and hosting controversial preachers and persons.
Zakir Naik’s baseless claim in Kota Bharu that Malaysian Hindus are more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than to the Malaysian prime minister is irresponsible and a stark betrayal of his host country.
This unsubstantiated claim alone is enough evidence to deport this controversial preacher. Instead, Zakir Naik is given VIP treatment with police outriders wherever he goes for public talks.
Zakir Naik is wanted in India on allegations that he had radicalised a group of youths who carried out a terror attack on a café in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, which killed 22 people.
He also faces money-laundering charges back in India.
To venerate such a person with celebrity status does not speak well of Malaysia. I humbly urge our prime minister to deport this preacher who does not inculcate any positive values in Muslims and others but instead spreads hatred and animosity.
Please do not give him the opportunity to forge terrorism in our peaceful country.
S RAMAKRISHNAN is state assemblyperson for Bekok and chairperson, Johor Unity, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee.
The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.
'Yes, deport Zakir Naik', says Syed Saddiq
(The Star -Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019 9:48 PM MYT )By M. KUMAR)
PETALING JAYA: Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has joined his fellow ministers in calling for the deportation of controversial preacher Zakir Naik.
The Youth and Sports Minister said "yes" when asked if he supported ministers Gobind Singh, M Kulasegaran and Xavier Jayakumar's call to deport Zakir for his racially and religiously charged comments.
"An attack against our Chinese and Indian brothers and sisters is an attack against all Malaysians.
"It is ridiculous to even think that my fellow Malaysians are my guests.
Last week, Zakir called on the Malaysian Chinese to "go back" first as they were the "old guests" of the country during a religious talk called "Executive Talk bersama Dr Zakir Naik" in Kota Baru, Kelantan.
Zakir was responding to calls for his own deportation.
In the same venue, Zakir's speech was also chastised by many parties after he compared the Hindus in Malaysia to the Muslims in India, saying that the Hindus here enjoyed more than 100% rights in Malaysia compared to Muslims in India.
He alleged that the Hindus here were more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than to Malaysia's Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Zakir, who is an Indian citizen, has stirred controversy in Malaysia with his open evangelism criticising non-Muslims.
He is wanted in India over corruption charges but he was not deported, with certain parties saying that the charges were trumped-up.
Dr Mahathir has since admitted that Malaysia was in a catch-22 situation as Zakir was "an unwelcome guest Malaysia can't send away".