PKR leaves Zakir’s permanent residency status to authorities

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  • Thursday, 22 Aug 2019

PETALING JAYA: PKR will leave it to the authorities to decide whether the permanent resident status of preacher Dr Zakir Naik should be revoked.

PKR organising secretary Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said the party respected the authorities’ decision to restrict Zakir, who is facing multiple calls for deportation from various parties, from speaking at public events nationwide.

“While we acknowledge the right to preach, it isn’t right to attack any particular race in the country,” said Nik Nazmi.

The Setiawangsa MP was reading out a statement at a press conference at PKR headquarters here yesterday after its political bureau meeting.

“At the same time, PKR is urging all parties to respect the sensitivities of all races.

“The statement, which also insulted the armed forces, should not be repeated,” he said.

On Tuesday, all state police chiefs were ordered not to allow any event involving Zakir, who is being investigated by police for intent to provoke a breach of the peace after a recent lecture in Kelantan, which triggered 115 public complaints.

He had said that Chinese Malaysians should “go back” first as they were the “old guests” of the country.

He also claimed that Hindus in Malaysia were more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Meanwhile, PKR’s disciplinary board has decided not to take any action against Perak PKR chief Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak and Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari over their public statements concerning a sex video that went viral recently.

PKR disciplinary board chief Datuk Ahmad Kassim said the bureau was satisfied with the duo’s explanation in response to a show-cause letter issued to them last month.

“Amirudin is showing a good attitude by respecting the leadership.

“He does not wish to prolong this issue but wants to leave this to the top leadership.

“Farhash also regrets his statement. He has apologised to the leadership and pledged not to repeat such words and actions,” Ahmad told reporters who had gathered in vain to speak to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Anwar left after chairing the meeting, while Azmin was absent.
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