Cops advise against joining anti-Zakir Naik rally in Brickfields

Acting Brickfields police chief Arifai Tarawe. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Police today advised the public against taking part in a rally against controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik, scheduled to take place in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, this Saturday.

In a statement, acting Brickfields police chief Arifai Tarawe said that they receive a notice from organisers to hold the “Say No To Zakir Naik, Equal Rights To Indians & Others” rally here this weekend.

However, the notice, he said, was incomplete and did not fulfil the requirements stipulated under the Peaceful Assembly Act.

“As such, we are advising the public to not take part in this gathering to ensure the wellbeing of the residents in the area is maintained.”

Naik sparked an outcry following a series of public talks he gave in Kelantan in which he allegedly questioned the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He was later quoted as saying the Chinese in Malaysia could also be considered as “guests” in the country.

Over 100 police reports have been lodged against the preacher, who has been banned from speaking in public anywhere in the country, including through social media platforms, until investigations involving him were settled.

He has already been questioned twice by Bukit Aman police.

Earlier this week, he apologised for any misunderstanding over his statements but maintained that these had been taken out of context.