Naik effectively banned from speaking nationwide

Controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The gag order by Perlis police on Dr Zakir Naik will be extended nationwide, as authorities walk a fine line between calming growing anger among non-Muslim groups and the strong sympathies among Muslims for the controversial preacher, FMT has learnt.

It is understood that several events involving Naik in the Klang Valley are being called off, with police instructed to advise organisers to revoke any invitation to Naik.

An internal police circular sighted by FMT said that Naik’s presence could pose a threat to the peace.

“Event organisers will be advised to cancel programmes which were supposed to feature him,” a source told FMT.

Besides Perlis where Naik enjoyed good ties with religious authorities, Sarawak, Sabah, Kedah, Melaka, Penang and Selangor have indicated that Naik will not be allowed to give talks in the states.

He is currently the subject of a police investigation based on over 100 reports filed against him. Last night, he spent about 10 hours at the Bukit Aman police headquarters in a second round of questioning on several remarks which drew criticism from politicians and non-Muslim groups.

He was questioned under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of peace, as a result of remarks made in public speeches in Kota Baru, Kelantan.

He reportedly claimed that Malaysian Indians were more loyal to the Narendra Modi government in India, and described the Malaysian Chinese community as “old guests” who should go back to their ancestral land before he is made to leave the country.

Naik has since said that his remarks were taken out of context by the media, and filed legal action against several politicians for defamation.

Early today, he apologised for any misunderstandings arising from his comments but urged members of the public to view his speeches in their entirety.

“It was never my intention to upset any individual or community. It is against the basic tenets of Islam, and I would like to convey my heartfelt apologies for this misunderstanding,” he said.