KUALA LUMPUR: A PAS Supporters’ Wing (DHPP) leader today said that India-born preacher Dr Zakir Naik should not touch on issues about non-Muslims’ loyalty towards the country.
DHPP secretary S Barathidasan said they wanted Naik to respect people and not make statements that touch on racial and religious sensitivities.
“We are not questioning his permanent resident status.
“We urge him to get advice from our PAS president (Hadi Awang) to better understand about the multi-cultural community we have here in Malaysia.
“Non-Muslims in Kelantan and Terengganu are comfortable with the PAS state governments as they have respected our rights.”
He said non-Muslims have been appointed to hold various positions in the state government and at the community level.
Two ministers, Gobind Singh Dep and M Kula Segaran, have said they wanted action to be taken against Naik and that he must not be allowed in Malaysia.
They said they had raised issues linked to Naik’s speeches with Dr Mahathir Mohamad and they would let the prime minister decide on how to deal with the Indian preacher.
Naik is mulling a lawsuit against Kula for making alleged defamatory statements against him. Kula, in response, said that he will not apologise for his statement and he wanted to see Naik in court.
Fellow minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has also said that Naik should be deported.
Naik, who is wanted by Indian authorities over alleged money laundering, recently sparked controversy by claiming that Malaysian Hindus were more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than to Mahathir despite receiving “100 times” more rights than Muslims in India.
Naik has since accused his critics of quoting him out of context at a lecture he gave in Kelantan.
Police are also investigating Naik for his alleged provocative remarks.