I’m prepared to face Naik in court, says Ramasamy

DAP leader and Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy says his battle with Dr Zakir Naik is not a personal one. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: DAP’s P Ramasamy today said he welcomed the police report lodged by Dr Zakir Naik against him and four others for alleged defamation and is prepared to face the controversial preacher in court.

Ramasamy, who is Penang deputy chief minister II, said his battle with Naik is not a personal one but “in the larger interests of Malaysians who want peace and harmony in a country free of hatred and malice”.

Yesterday, Naik lodged a police report against Ramasamy, Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran, Klang MP Charles Santiago, Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy and former ambassador Dennis Ignatius claiming they had made defamatory statements against him.

Naik’s lawyer, Akberdin Abdul Kader, said the report was made at the Section 6 police station in Shah Alam.

He said a letter of demand had been served on Kula and similar letters would be served on the others next week.

In a statement today, Ramasamy said Naik had lodged the report against them for allegedly misinterpreting his speech in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, on Aug 8.

“In his report, he said that he was misquoted to give the impression that he had slandered the Indian community to the extent that he questioned their loyalty.

“I welcome the police report against me and the others. I can’t wait for the legal notice threatening (to sue) me for defamation,” he said, adding that he was prepared to go to court.

“Naik, please take me on,” he added.

Yesterday, Santiago also said that Naik had every right to lodge a police report against him and promised to cooperate with the authorities.

“And I will prove that I did not misquote Dr Naik,” he said in a Facebook post.

Separately, Naik spent more than five hours yesterday giving his statement to police at Bukit Aman, believed to be over remarks he made in Kota Bharu.

He arrived at the federal police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur at 3pm and was seen leaving at 8.15pm.

The home ministry earlier said police had summoned Naik — who has over 100 police reports lodged against him — and two others over his remarks in Kota Bharu.