Muslims in India will ensure fair trial for Zakir Naik, ex-MIC chief tells Dr M

Former MIC president Dr S Subramaniam. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Former MIC president Dr S Subramaniam has added to criticism of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s refusal to hand over preacher Dr Zakir Naik to Indian authorities.

Subramaniam questioned Mahathir’s reasoning that Naik would not get a fair trial in India, saying it was not right for the Malaysian government to pass remarks on the justice systems of other countries.

“Should we start this game of judging the judicial systems of foreign countries according to our own convenience and political choices?” the former health minster asked in a Facebook post.

“What if foreign countries do the same to our system?”

Subramaniam also reminded the prime minister that India is home to the third largest Muslim population in the world.

“Don’t worry Tun M, there are enough people in India including his own followers who will ensure he gets a fair trial,” he added.

Earlier this week, Mahathir said Putrajaya could refuse any demand from New Delhi to extradite Naik, who is facing money laundering charges involving about RM115 million.

He likened Naik’s case to Australia’s refusal to deport convicted killer Sirul Azhar Umar over fears he would receive the death sentence here.

“Zakir Naik, in general, feels that he is not going to get a fair trial (in India),” said Mahathir.

Naik has denied the charges against him. He had said that while he trusted India’s judiciary which had freed Muslims accused of terrorism, he could be treated unfairly by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government.