Naik lodges report against Ramasamy for ‘hate monger’ remarks to Indian TV

Zakir Naik’s lawyer Akberdin Abdul Kader shows a clip of P Ramasamy’s interview with India Today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Zakir Naik has accused Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy of defaming him during an interview with an Indian news channel.

Naik’s lawyer Akberdin Abdul Kader said Ramasamy, a staunch critic of the controversial Indian Muslim preacher, had uttered four defamatory words when speaking to India Today.

“These were ‘venomous’, ‘fraudster’, ‘trickster’ and ‘hate monger’,” Akberdin told reporters after spending almost four hours at the Bukit Aman police headquarters, where he was questioned for the third time over remarks made during his recent lecture tour in Kelantan.

Naik today also lodged a police report against Ramasamy, the second after his Aug 16 report accusing him of twisting his remarks on Malaysian Indians.

“We will be sending a letter of demand to Ramasamy tomorrow morning,” said his lawyer.

Meanwhile, Akberdin said Naik today gave statements to police over his earlier report against Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran and four others regarding a speech he made in Kelantan on Aug 8.

The four others are Ramasamy, Klang MP Charles Santiago, Ramasamy, DAP assemblyman Satees Muniandy and former ambassador Dennis Ignatius.

The five said they were standing by their criticism of Naik.

Akberdin reminded that Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador had warned that those inciting racial and religious sensitivities would be immediately arrested.

He said this was the advice from the police and his client would not give any public speeches.

“It is not an order, nothing was given to him in writing,” he said, adding that Naik will heed the advice until police investigations into the matter are concluded.

Hamid had said that Naik had been temporarily banned from speaking on all platforms, including on social media.