KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is holding to its stand not to send controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik back to his home country despite receiving the extradition application from India, says Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
“We have received the note (on the extradition application) from the Indian government. I don’t remember when, but we have received it.
“For now, we do not have any new decision, we still hold to our original decision,” he said when asked about the statement by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that Malaysia insists on not extraditing Zakir.
Saifuddin spoke to reporters after launching a book, Bantuan Demokrasi dan Pendanaan Asing: Melewati Pertukaran Rejim, written by Muhammad Takiyuddin Ismail and published by the University of Malaya Press, here yesterday.
Malaysia has stated it has the right to decide whether to extradite Zakir or not following the Indian government’s insistence on wanting him to be sent back, to answer money laundering accusations. — Bernama