Anwar Does Not Agree with Zakir Naik’s Approach to Preaching

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IGP says those who incite racial issues will be arrested without warning.

The actions of independent preacher Dr Zakir Naik who stirred a hornet’s nest about Hindus and Chinese in Malaysia in a lecture were uncalled for despite his intention to preach, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“I do not agree with Zakir Naik on this matter. I know he is preaching and there is a lot of good in it, but he should not have touched about racial issues in this country,” the PKR president said at a ‘PKR Presidential Tour’ series on Tuesday (Aug 20).

Anwar said this when asked about his stand on the controversy involving Dr Zakir.

The Port Dickson MP said Dr Zakir should thank the Malaysian government for still allowing him to stay in the country.

On PKR’s stand on the preacher, Anwar said the matter would be formally decided on Wednesday (Aug 21).

Dr Zakir is facing a police investigation under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, after 115 reports were received against him.

He has been called up twice to Bukit Aman to have his statement recorded, the first time for five hours last Friday (Aug 9) and the second time for 10 hours from Monday (Aug 19) afternoon up to early Tuesday.

The preacher from India, who is a permanent resident in Malaysia, is alleged to have made controversial remarks against Malaysian Hindus and Chinese during a talk in Kota Baru on Aug 3, prompting calls for him to be deported to India.

Zakir has been wanted by Indian authorities since 2016 for alleged money laundering and inciting extremism through hate speeches.

Meanwhile, no more warnings will be given to those who try to incite racial and religious sensitivities, according to Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.

He said those involved including political leaders will be investigated and arrested immediately.

“I will not hesitate to arrest them (those inciting racial issues). I have instructed my men to investigate cases classified as involving religious and ethnic sensitivities. Don’t wait, investigate and arrest. I repeat, no more warnings,” he told the Bernama News Channel, yesterday.

Abdul Hamid said many had been led astray by certain agendas created by irresponsible parties to create unhealthy situations in the country.

He said the deceived individuals then shared unconfirmed news, recorded racist videos and posted them on social media as well as insulted and ridiculed the country’s leaders.

“I urge the public not to be fooled by the political games of certain parties. Before they realise it, they are trapped and the person who viralled the video has no clue how it all started and is eventually arrested and charged.

“My advice is to not to act recklessly and emotionally,” he said, adding that such acts of disrespect had left the people confused, scared and the country looks as if it were in complete chaos.

Abdul Hamid said various racial issues were and have been resolved by the police to ensure peace and order prevailed.

“I call on political leaders to have a sense of responsibility this month (National Month) because we want to celebrate National Day. Many irresponsible statements are made, they (political leaders) should be held accountable after we had successfully upheld the democratic process (change in government after the 14th general election).

“Now it’s like a total mess. All races and the people are afraid of what is going on in our country. Be responsible, do not issue statements without thinking, stop all this,” he said.