Responding to Gerakan’s Baljit’s chiding for being unable to convince Dr Mahathir Mohamad to deport the controversial preacher.
Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo has hit back at Gerakan for criticising Pakatan Harapan’s Indian leaders for supposedly lacking the will to convince the Prime Minister to extradite Zakir Naik.
“Gerakan should ask itself, what it has achieved in government all these years. What did it do? It failed the people and this is the reason why the people rejected them,” he said.
“Our position is different – we speak up in Cabinet meetings, we express the views of the people and when this became an issue, we went to the Cabinet, all three of us and we spoke out about it,” the Communications and Multimedia Minister said.
Gobind said he, Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran and Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Xavier Jayakumar had raised the issue of the controversial Muslim speaker in a Cabinet meeting on Thursday (July 12).
“We have discussed it. The (Cabinet) position taken is that once there is a request (by the Indian government), it will be considered on its merits and a decision will be made accordingly,” he said.
“As far as I am concerned, if India or another country is able to make out the case that warrants a person to be sent back, the government should act accordingly,” he said.