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.
Royal Malaysia Police Head of Corporate Communications Datuk Asmawati Ahmad confirmed to Malaysian media that the decision was taken in the interest of national security and to preserve racial harmony.
On Monday, after being taken for questioning by the police Naik had issued a statement saying that he is not a racist and apologised for his comments on ethnic Chinese and Indian populace in the nation. He has been in the Police Head Quarters since Monday and had spent the night there.
Controversy erupted when Naik in one of his recent speeches spoke against Chinese and Indian minority races in Malaysia. Six ministers in the government had expressed objection to his remarks and met with Malaysian PM Mahathir Bin Mohamad has regarding the matter, Several had also demanded revocation permanent residency in Malaysia of Naik who has been living there after self-exile from India.
On Monday, he was questioned under section 504 of the penal code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of peace after over 100 police reports were lodged against him. He had even refused to return to India saying that he will not be accorded a fair trial under the BJP government. He also said that he is a victim of a vilification by supporters of PM Narendra Modi
The Malaysian PM on Sunday said that it was "quite clear" that the hate speaker wanted to participate in racial politics, and that as a permanent resident of the country he cannot participate in politics.
He said, "You can preach (religiously). But he wasn’t doing that. He was talking about Chinese going back to China and Indians going back to India. We are very careful about how we see things that are sensitive to the liberal community of this country. I have never said such things. But he did. That is politics. If he wants to talk about religion, go ahead. But say the right things about religion, not something cooked up."