Sept 7 hearing for Hindraf’s suit on Zakir Naik

waytha-zakir-3KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here today set Sept 7 to hear an originating summons filed by Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy and 18 others on international preacher Zakir Naik.

Lawyer S Karthigesan, representing the 19 plaintiffs, told reporters that Judge Azizah Nawawi fixed the date in chambers when the case came up for mention.

Karthigesan was met by reporters after the chamber proceeding of the case, which was also attended by lawyer Adnan Seman, who acted on behalf of Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali, who is an intervenor in the case.

In the originating summons filed on March 1 this year, Waythamoorthy and the 18 other plaintiffs, comprising politicians, lawyers and members of non-governmental organisations, named Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the Immigration Department director-general, National Registration Department director-general, inspector-general of police and the Malaysian government as defendants.

They are seeking a declaration that the controversial preacher is a threat to public peace in the country’s multiracial society and, with that, an order to stop him from coming into the country or remaining here.

If he is already in the country, they want the police to arrest him.

They also claimed Naik had promoted terrorism and had been banned from entering several other countries for alleged collaboration with terrorist groups, and had incited foreigners in Malaysia to disturb public order.