Cops summon Naik, Dong Zong and Perak tycoon as Putrajaya warns against race rhetoric

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

PETALING JAYA: Police will summon controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik and tycoon Koon Yew Yin for questioning over the controversial remarks made by the duo.

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Dong Zong, the Chinese education group, would also be called in.

In a statement, Muhyiddin said that police had called in several other individuals for questioning, some of whom are being monitored.

“Further action will be taken, including under Section 504 of the Penal Code, if there is sufficient evidence.”

Section 504 deals with the intention to insult.

Earlier, Muhyiddin said it had taken note of certain parties that issued racially-tinged statements without considering the sensitivities of the country’s multiracial citizens.

Naik recently stirred controversy when he touched on the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus towards Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He claimed that Malaysian Hindus are more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than to Mahathir, despite receiving “100 times” more rights than Muslims in India.

He was also quoted as saying that Chinese in Malaysia are also considered “guests” in Malaysia.

Koon, meanwhile, was slammed after claiming that the armed forces personnel were “doing nothing except eating and sleeping”.

In a blog post on improving the civil service, Koon suggested that the manpower of the Malaysian armed forces be diverted to help with plantation work and community projects.

Dong Zong, which was vocal against the teaching of khat in vernacular schools, had claimed that the Jawi calligraphy could be used as a medium to spread Islam, a charge the education ministry denied.

A petition has since started to ban the group which Mahathir has labelled as being racist.

Muhyiddin went on to reveal that the police, along with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, was keeping tabs on statements, especially on social media, that could aggravate any situation.

“I would like to remind all quarters, including non-Malaysian citizens, that the enforcement agencies under my ministry will not hesitate to take action against those who threaten the harmony in the country and public order.”

He also wanted an end to any form of speculation and wait for the full report before commenting on any incident.

This, Muhyiddin said, was to avoid any wild allegations or slander.

“Those with information on racial or seditious comments or statements should take screenshots and forward them to the police for action.”