PETALING JAYA: A former ambassador, an MP and a deputy chief minister have refuted claims by the police that they have been asked to step forward to give their statements over a report filed against them by controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik.
Speaking to FMT, Dennis Ignatius, a former ambassador, described the media reports that he had been informed to give his statement as “incorrect”
“As of now, I have not been contacted by the police or asked to come forward to give my statement.
“As a citizen and former public servant, I stand ready to make myself available to assist the police in any way I can.”
Similarly, Klang MP Charles Santiago also said he had not been contacted to date.
“But I am always ready and willing to give my cooperation,” he told FMT.
Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy also said he had not been contacted.
“I won’t run away like Naik. If they had called, I would have gone to meet them.
“Alternatively, they can inform us who to get in touch with. I will ask my office to contact the person in charge.”
Earlier today, Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Huzir Mohamed said that his officers will call five individuals by next week to assist in investigations and that the police had previously reached out to them.
Besides Ignatius, Santiago and Ramasamy, the other individuals are Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran and Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy.
Naik had claimed the five had made defamatory statements against him and wanted police to take action under the Penal Code and Sedition Act for defaming him and instigating racial disharmony and hatred among Malaysians.
The preacher himself was the subject of over 100 police reports which saw him summoned to record his statement as well.
This came after he was accused of casting doubts on the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus and questioned the position of the Chinese community in Malaysia.
Naik has apologised for any misunderstanding over his statements, claiming that these had been taken out of context with “strange fabrications” added.