Malaysian minister who had earlier demanded that controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik should be deported has now posted pictures of himself hosting Naik for dinner at his Petaling Jaya home on social media. The Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman defied his own stance from ten days earlier and went against growing tide by other ministers in the Malaysian government for Naik's deportation. The gesture of political protection by Rahman comes at a time when the police has banned him from giving speeches in the country. Meanwhile, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the young minister was representing only himself through the posts.
The Malaysian minister Youth and Sports minister Rahman faced flak for the move by his colleagues in the ministry. The Bersatu Youth chief had earlier spoken about Naik saying, "Enough is enough, deport Zakir Naik" and now made a U-turn from this position and now said it is time to 'move on' from the episode. Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy claimed Rahman’s statement caused many to question how a “responsible minister" could "change his stand as he liked." He had even questioned Zakir Naik's apology after he made racially insensitive remark against the Chinese and Indians.
Meanwhile, Malaysia's Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin issued a warning to the controversial preacher. He has also been putting pressure on the Malaysian government to deport Zakir Naik. 'No one can break the above law, not even Zakir Naik,' he reportedly said. 'Nobody in Malaysia may act unlawfully without facing legal repercussions,' he added, as per reports.
Malaysia has banned controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik from making public speeches in any of the states in the country on Tuesday. He has been banned from making public speeches in the interest of national security. The move comes after Naik was taken for questioning in Police Head Quarters in Bukit Aman. The decision on revoking his permanent residency is yet to be taken.
Zakir Naik is still a subject of police investigation based on over 100 complaints filed against him. The Home Minister said that his meeting with political party leaders will not affect investigation against him. Naik was barred from speaking in the state of Perlis before the police banned him from giving public speeches. He was questioned for over ten hours and even spent the night at the Royal Police Headquarters.