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Peter Sibon: KUCHING, August 16: The Society For Rights of Indigenous People of Sarawak (Scrips) secretary-general Michael Jok says controversial preacher Zakir Naik should be expelled from Malaysia because the latter is a wanted person in his home country.
“We hope that the PH Government will deport him back to his home country, India, not because he is a Muslim but because he is wanted man there. Furthermore, his presence here has created tension among the different races and religions,” Michael told DayakDaily here today.
On the event the Federal Government decided to allow Zakir to stay, Michael said, the police should investigate the many reports against him (Zakir) and be charged accordingly.
“Since he is a permanent resident, the least the authorities can do is to charge him for his offence(s). I’m sure the Attorney General (AG Tommy Thomas) knows what law(s) could be used against him,” he stressed.
Michael believed that the deportation should be carried out as soon as possible because the longer Zakir stays in the country, the more damage he would create among the masses.
Zakir has been on the run from Indian authorities since 2016 for money laundering charges and for allegedly inspiring terrorism after five militants attacked a bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh that ended with 29 dead.
He is under police investigation for incitement over remarks made against Indian and Chinese Malaysians during a lecture in Kota Baru, Kelantan on August 10.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said the government will not send Zakir back to India because he risked being killed there, but added that any other country that was willing to accept the preacher was welcome to take him.
It has been reported that 150 police reports have been lodged against the Indian fugitive preacher. — DayakDaily