Dr Zakir Naik has demanded that four others apologise and offer a reasonable settlement within 48 hours or risk being sued for defamation.
The four are Penang deputy chief minister II P Ramasamy, Bagan Dalam assemblyman Satees Muniandy, former ambassador Datuk Dennis Ignatius and Klang MP Charles Santiago.
The notices of demand dated today (August 19) were served by legal firm Akberdin & Co, following Zakir’s police report made against Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran and the four last Friday.
Zakir, had in his police report, said the five had wrongly quoted his August 8 remarks out of context, accusing them of twisting and manipulating his comments.
For Ramasamy, the report said defamatory statements were found in an article entitled ‘Naik should not question loyalty of Hindus in Malaysia’.
For Muniandy, defamatory statements were found in an article entitled ‘Lawmaker fumes after Zakir suggests Hindus here support Modi over Dr M’.
Zakir said Dennis Ignatius had made defamatory remarks in several articles: ‘Why empower a demagogue like Zakir Naik?’ dated August 13, 2019, ‘Zakir Naik: Hypocrisy & double standards’ dated June 18, 2019, ‘Zakir Naik and the radicalisation of Malaysia Baru’ dated May 1, 2019 and ‘What’s so special about Zakir Naik?’ dated July 12, 2018.
For Charles, it was in a press release ‘Wednesday Cabinet Meeting Must Discuss Zakir Naik’s Meddling Into Politics’ and later published as ‘Cabinet meeting must discuss Zakir Naik’s meddling in local politics’.
Zakir demanded that all four admit liability, retract allegations made, immediately remove all alleged defamatory, untrue or false allegations, accusations and remarks against him from all social media and/or websites.
He also demanded that all four cease and desist from publishing and/or initiate publication of defamatory, untrue or false allegations, accusations and remarks against him.
Lawyer Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kader, who is representing Zakir in this matter, confirmed that the letters of demand to the four were served either by e-mail and/or by hand today.