On Monday, 26th August, Malaysia’s Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said that there is no one above the law.
Neither is Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.
Recently, the Government of Malaysia banned Zakir from attending any racial and political program and giving speeches.
The government had shown that if he is involved in any illegal act, their resident status could also be revoked.
India’s fugitive Zakir is accused of hurting the sentiments of minority Hindus in Malaysia and the people of China.
Naik gave an inflammatory speech. He said that Hindus in Malaysia had got 100 times more rights than Muslims of India.
Waiting for the police report: Home Minister
Muhiddin attended a program on religious values held at the International Islamic University of Kuala Lumpur on Monday.
After this, at the press conference, he said that they will tolerate no such activities in the country, which are illegal.
He said that the police is investigating the provocative statement of Zakir. He is awaiting the police report.
Earlier, on 18 August, Muhedin said that we consider Zakir’s statement as racial discrimination and a sensitive matter.
So the police called Zakir for questioning. In the extradition case, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had said not to send Zakir to India citing security reasons. He said that if any other country wants to take Zakir, then it is welcome.
Zakir may lose Permanent Resident status
Mahathir said on August 20 that Zakir has received permanent resident status in Malaysia since 2015.
If they found he/she involved in acts which harm the country, then the status of a permanent resident can be withdrawn.
Zakir said on July 2008 that Al Qaeda was not responsible for the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in the United States.
There are Hindu minorities in Malaysia.
Malaysia has a population of about 20 million. It is 60% Muslim. Hindus are a minority in the country. Hindus have considerable influence in politics and business here.