Malaysia Summons Controversial Preacher Zakir Naik, To Question Him For His Racially Sensitive Comments: Reports

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In a big win for India, Malaysia has summoned preacher Zakir Naik over his controversial speeches in the country, said reports. Malaysian authorities will be questioning Naik for his racially insensitive comments in the country which has people from diverse ethnicities.

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In a big win for India, Malaysia has summoned preacher Zakir Naik over his controversial speeches in the country, said reports. Malaysian authorities will be questioning Naik for his racially insensitive comments in the country which has people from diverse ethnicities.

As per reports, an investigation paper (IP) has been opened to probe the controversial preacher for his statements against the Hindus in Malaysia and China’s Uyghur Muslims. Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said that the police will question Naik and several other individuals and groups for their 'racially-tinged' remarks, said reports. Reports also said that as per lawyers, Naik can be deported to India owing to his inciteful statements in racially diverse Malaysia. 

As per reports, 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. The ministers have demanded his expulsion after his comment where he said, Hindus in Malaysia had "100 times more rights" than the Muslim minority in India. Naik also suggested the expulsion of its ethnic Chinese minorities. Following this, several ministers demanded his expulsion after which the authorities have decided to summon the Indian preacher for questioning.

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Naik's self-imposed exile in Malaysia

Naik has received permanent resident status in Malaysia and has been living there in a self-imposed exile. The controversial preacher faces charges of money laundering and hate speech in India. His Islamic Research Foundation was banned in India in 2016.

Naik is facing charges of inciting communal disharmony and committing unlawful activities in India. He is also facing probe both in India and Bangladesh in connection with the terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in July 2016.

The ED filed a prosecution complaint against Naik on money laundering charges on December 22, 2016. A total amount of Rs 193.06 crore has been identified as "proceeds of crime." The directorate has also attached properties of Naik worth Rs 50.46 crore. According to the investigative agency, money laundering was conducted via "dubious" origins from the UAE to facilitate production and broadcasting incriminating videos for spreading communal hatred and radicalisation of a particular community.'

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