‘All views must be considered on Zakir’


KUALA LUMPUR: Views from those who support Dr Zakir Naik and those who oppose him must be taken into account when dealing with the controversial preacher, says Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He explained that while Zakir was a respected Islamic preacher, there were limits to what the law allows him to do.

“If he touches on issues that lead to feelings of uneasiness and anger among the public, police action will be taken. This is why investigations are ongoing,” he said after launching a seminar on countering violent extremism at the International Islamic University of Malaysia yesterday.

Muhyiddin said the decision not to deport Zakir would not dictate police investigations.

Zakir was scheduled to be at Bukit Aman yesterday for another round of statements to be taken from him. However, that session has been postponed until further notice.

Meanwhile in Putrajaya, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said he advised Zakir to be more careful with his speeches in Malaysia.

He should focus only on “academic” dakwah (preaching) that is based on facts, and to steer away from politics, he added.

“We have advised Dr Zakir Naik to be cautious with political issues in our country. He is a preacher, so his focus should be on preaching.

“We must be aware, however, that this whole issue has been politicised by DAP, not him (Zakir).

“DAP politicised this matter, so leave the politics to us (PAS) to address. Zakir does not have to,” said Abdul Hadi at a press conference after a Gagasan Sejahtera top leadership meeting.

Abdul Hadi was commenting on MIC president Tan Sri SA Vigneswaran’s remark that PAS should have advised Zakir to respect people of various beliefs in Malaysia.

Earlier this month, Zakir courted controversy during a talk in Kota Baru where his remarks had riled up Malaysian Chinese and Hindus.
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