Kelantan assures security at Zakir Naik’s tour programme

Preacher Zakir Naik. (Facebook pic)

KOTA BHARU: The Kelantan government will ensure the safety of visitors at the Zakir Naik’s Kelantan Missionary Tour Programme to be held from Aug 7-10.

State Human Resource Development, Education and Higher Learning, Science and Technology Committee chairman Mohamed Fadzli Hassan said the state government had held discussions with Kelantan police chief Hasanuddin Hassan on the organisation of the event.

‘’We take cognisance that the preacher we are inviting is a famous person. Surely, we will prioritise the safety aspect of all quarters, including visitors.

‘’Police have agreed to ensure the safety aspect of all quarters will be given priority. We hope this programme will proceed smoothly as planned,’’ he told a press conference attended by the project director, Abdullah Mat Nawi, here today.

Fadzli said about 100,000 visitors were expected to be present for the highlight programme to take place on Aug 9 at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium here. It will start at 5pm and last until 11.45pm.

‘’We invite Zakir to Kelantan as his preaching shows the beauty and tolerance of true Islam. Kelantan is a state which develops along with Islam.’’

He said the programme was also to express the solidarity of the people of Kelantan with Zakir and to support Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was reported to have said that the government would not be extraditing the preacher to India.