In a massive setback to hate preacher Zakir Naik, the Malaysian government on Monday has discussed the deportation of Naik back to India in an official meeting with the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad, as per sources.
Sources further report that six ministers have met with the Malaysian PM in a bid to allegedly stress the matter of Naik's immediate deportation.
Meanwhile, journalists are reportedly waiting for Malaysia police HQ in Kuala Lumpur where Zakir Naik is reportedly being questioned for the past four hours by authorities.
Earlier on Sunday, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad had called out hate preacher Zakir Naik for propagating in racial politics. The Malaysian PM 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."
The Islamic preacher, on Saturday, was banned by Malaysian police from speaking in Perlis, the northern state of the country. The ban came after a public uproar over his racially insensitive remarks in the nation with multi-ethnic groups.
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 for the same.
Naik has repeatedly attempted to set terms for his return to India claiming he is willing to return to India if the Supreme Court gives him in writing that he would not be jailed unless convicted. Naik has also claimed that out of desperation, Indian agencies have shifted their focus from terror to money laundering, to make any charge stick.
Zakir Naik, a 53-year-old radical television preacher, reportedly left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency.