Naik spends over 5 hours at Bukit Aman

Dr Zakir Naik leaving Bukit Aman.

KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Zakir Naik today spent over five hours giving his statement to police in Bukit Aman, believed to be over controversial remarks he made in Kelantan.

The popular televangelist had entered the federal police headquarters here at 3pm and was seen leaving the compound in a Toyota Innova at 8.15pm.

Naik, who wore his trademark skullcap, however, refused to speak to reporters.

The home ministry yesterday said police had summoned Naik — who has over 100 police reports lodged against him — and two others over controversial remarks made.

Earlier today, Perlis police chief Noor Mushar Mohd warned Naik, who has been battling allegations of disrupting racial harmony through a series of comments in Kelantan, against giving any speech in the state.

Mushar also urged organisers to call off the “Malaysia Reverts Camp 2019” programme, which is backed by state government agencies as well as Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin.

Calls for Naik to be sent back to India grew following a recent series of lectures he gave in Kelantan, one of which touched on the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He claimed that Malaysian Hindus were more loyal to India’s 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 were considered “guests” as well.

Naik has since claimed that he is the target of a vilification campaign.