SEPANG: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the government will revoke preacher Dr Zakir Naik’s permanent resident status if his actions are found to be detrimental to the well-being of the country.
He said police are probing Naik over his recent comments in speeches, which were said to stir up racial tensions.
“At this moment, the police are investigating whether he is doing that or not. Of course, if he is doing that, it will be necessary for us to take away his PR status,” Mahathir said at a press conference today.
“We may need to take action to prevent him from making such provocative speeches which tend to pit the different races against each other.”
Mahathir dismissed demanding a public apology from Naik, saying that it would not do much in alleviating the anger of the people.
“We will leave the police to investigate the seriousness of the statements he has made.”
Just today, Perlis police chief Noor Mushar Mohd warned Naik against giving any speeches in the state, ahead of a three-day programme that was supposed to feature him and his family members as speakers.
He said the issues he has been raising in his speeches could threaten the peace and harmony of Malaysians.
Last night, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said that police will summon Naik for questioning.
Naik recently stirred controversy when he touched on the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus to Mahathir.
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.