PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Charles Santiago today said that Dr Zakir Naik had every right to lodge a police report against him and vowed to co-operate with the authorities.
“And I will prove that I did not misquote Dr Naik,” the Klang MP said in a Facebook post.
“I am a Malaysian citizen and an elected representative. I acted in the interests of the nation, its people, our racial unity and national security.”
Earlier today, Naik had lodged a police report against four elected representatives from DAP, namely Santiago, Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran, Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy and Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy.
The controversial preacher also lodged a report against former Malaysian ambassador Dennis Ignatius.
Naik said the five individuals had made defamatory statements against him following a speech he delivered in Kelantan on Aug 8.
Naik said that the five had quoted him out of context when he was talking about misconceptions of Islam.
“Clearly, they have twisted and manipulated to my disadvantage and to feed their mischievous political agenda,” Naik said in a police report sighted by FMT, adding that their statements had smeared his reputation.
Naik recently sparked controversy when he touched on the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, claiming that they were 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.
Police have since summoned Naik to record his statement after over 100 police reports were lodged against him.
Ignatius, in a statement published by Malay Mail Online, said he had every right to express his opinion on issues of national interest as a citizen and columnist.
“Having served my country as a diplomat and ambassador for over 36 years, I also feel compelled to continue to defend our great nation and speak out on issues that affect the unity, peace and harmony of our nation.
“I consider Zakir Naik’s speeches and statements, going back a few years now, to be disruptive and divisive and have said so. And on that basis, I have also joined with others in urging the government of Malaysia to deport him. I cannot apologise for that.”