KOTA BARU (Bernama): The Kelantan government will ensure the safety of visitors at Dr Zakir Naik’s (pic) Kelantan missionary tour programme to be held from Aug 7 to 10.
State Human Resource Development, Education and Higher Learning, Science and Technology Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mohamed Fadzli Hassan said that the state government had held discussions with Kelantan police chief Datuk Hasanuddin Hassan on the organisation of the event.
"We take cognisance that the preacher we invite is a famous person. Surely, we will prioritise the safety aspect of all parties including visitors.
"The police have given their agreement to ensure the safety of all quarters will be prioritised and we hope this programme will proceed smoothly as planned," he told a press conference that was also attended by the project director, Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi, here Sunday (July 7).
Mohamed Fadzli said that about 100,000 visitors were expected to be present at the peak programme which would take place on Aug 9 from 5pm until 11.45pm at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium here.
"We invite Zakir to Kelantan with one spirit that his preaching shows the distinctiveness, beauty, harmony and tolerance of true Islam and it is in line with Kelantan, which is a state that develops along with Islam," he said.
He said that the programme was also to express the solidarity of the people of Kelantan with Zakir and simultaneously supporting Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who was reported to have said that the government would not be extraditing the preacher to India. - Bernama