The voices demanding for the deportation of controversial preacher Zakir Naik is rising, the latest one being from an MP who has said he will appeal to the Malaysian Prime Minister to request for the same.
A Malaysian MP from People's Justice Party has said that he wants Zakir Naik to leave the country. MP Willie Mongin said that the controversial preacher must leave Malaysia and that he will write to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to request deportation. “If Zakir is innocent, then he must be tested by his own country’s laws. We cannot be penny wise, pound foolish. Just to protect one person, we are quarreling among ourselves,” Willie said."I will put my appeal in writing to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, " he said.
The Puncak Borneo MP is the latest voice joining other politicians and even NGOs demanding Naik's deportation to India. At least five ministers want Naik expelled from Malaysia following the outrage after his statement against ethnic groups. Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, Gobind Singh, M Kulasegaran, Xavier Jayakumar, Muhyiddin Yassin (Home Minister) are among the ministers who want the preacher out of their nation.
On Friday in a major diplomatic win for India, an investigation was launched against Naik by Malaysian authorities over his intent to breach the peace in the country and allegedly making sensitive remarks on the Hindus and Chinese residing in Malaysia. Addressing a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Federal CID director Huzir Mohamed of the Selangor police said that as many as 115 reports have been launched on the matter.
The Malaysian Prime Minister has also stated that the country will revoke the Permanent Resident (PR) status of Zakir Naik if investigations show that his actions are against the well-being of the country. Releasing a statement, the PM that the government is waiting for the result of the investigation, to take further decisions on the matter.