Sarawak gov’t praised for barring Zakir

Jonathan Chai Voon Tok

Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Aug 16:  Chinese leader Jonathan Chai Voon Tok has praised Sarawak government for its firm stance to ban the entry of controversial religious teacher Zakir Naik.  

Chai said he personally support the call of a few ministers to deport Zakir.

“Sarawak government should be lauded for its decision to ban the controversial figure, Zakir Naik into the state. 

“Personally, I also support the call of a few ministers to deport him from our country due to the controversial remarks made by him recently against our Indian and Chinese communities. 

“I think our Youth and Sports Minister Syed Shaddiq has aptly put it – ‘an attack against our Chinese and Indian brothers and sisters is an attack to all Malaysians’,” Chai told DayakDaily today.

Chai, who is president of the Association of the Boards of Management of Aided Chinese Primary Schools Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division held the view that Zakir’s remarks have created unnecessary tensions among Malaysians.

“Zakir Naik’s remarks are ultra arrogant and seditious and would unduly create unwanted tensions between different segments of our community.

“I have not been able to comprehend how on earth such a controversial figure was granted a PR (permanent residence) status knowing that he is wanted by the Indian government on money laundering charges,” said Chai.

Zakir has been condemned by many Malaysians for his recent speech in Kelantan.

He was reported comparing the Hindus in Malaysia to the Muslim in India, saying that the Hindus here enjoyed more than 100 per cent rights in Malaysia compared to Muslims in India.

He alleged that the Hindus here were more loyal to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi than to Dr Mahathir.

Zakir also called on Malaysian Chinese to “go back” first as they were the “old guests” of the country during the religious talk.

The charismatic preacher has been wanted in India over money-laundering charges but certain charges are claimed to be trumped-up.  — DayakDaily

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