Ministry, Information Department deny links to Zakir Naik event

PETALING JAYA: The communications and multimedia ministry and the Information Department have denied any involvement in an Islamic camp featuring controversial preacher Zakir Naik and his family.

In a statement, the ministry said it has since instructed the organiser to remove the logos of the ministry, the Information Department and that of Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) from the event’s promotional material.

“The use of the ministry’s official logo and that of the department without consent is unethical and can mislead the people,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that such incidents would not be repeated.

Earlier today, it was reported that Naik and his family are set to feature in events spanning three days in Perlis this week, with special sessions for male and female participants.

Naik, his wife Farhat, and their children Fariq, Rushda and Zikra, will feature in a series of sessions designed for Muslim converts, with government agencies as well as RTM listed as co-partners.

The sessions, which begin tomorrow, are part of what is called “Malaysia Reverts Camp”, organised by the Perlis-based Islamic propagation group One Centre Malaysia and the Perlis Malay Customs and Islamic Religious Council.

The ministry’s statement comes a day after its minister, Gobind Singh Deo, urged for action to be taken against Naik and stated that the controversial preacher should not be allowed to remain in the country.

He also objected to Naik holding any further events here in Malaysia or making further statements which impact on race relations and public order.

Naik recently sparked controversy when he touched on the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus to 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 later accused his critics of quoting him out of context.

A subsequent media report quoted him as snubbing calls for him to leave the country and saying that most Chinese in Malaysia were not born here.