We’ll leave it to PM to address Zakir Naik issue, say DAP ministers

Kula Segaran (left) and Gobind called for action against Naik and that the controversial preacher should not be allowed to remain in the country.

PETALING JAYA: Two ministers from the DAP today said they are leaving it to Dr Mahathir Mohamad to decide on how to deal with Dr Zakir Naik, who recently sparked controversy by questioning the Hindu community’s loyalty to the prime minister.

Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran and Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said they had raised the issue with Mahathir and the Cabinet this morning.

The duo said they urged for action to be taken against Naik and that the controversial preacher should not be allowed to remain in the country.

Mahathir, they said, “took note of their concerns”.

“We leave it to him to consider the position and to decide soonest possible what will be done to deal with the problem,” they said in a joint statement.

Naik, who is wanted by Indian authorities over money laundering in his home country, recently sparked controversy by claiming that Malaysian Hindus were more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than to Mahathir despite receiving “100 times” more rights than Muslims in India.

Naik has since accused his critics of quoting him out of context at a lecture he gave in Kelantan.

Gobind and Kula also reiterated concerns raised by many over speeches and statements by Naik 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.”

Yesterday, Mahathir claimed that the popular televangelist could be killed if he were to be deported to India.