Kuala Lumpur, Feb 28: Even as the Indian authorities are trying to summon the controversial Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik for the fourth time, unsuccessful, though, a local human rights organisation in Malaysia has decided to take the legal recourse against him.
Naik is facing charges of money laundering and encouraging youths to join terrorist organisations like ISIS. According to reports, the controversial preacher is believed to be in Saudi Arabia.
A Malaysian local organisation called 'The Hindu Rights Action Force' (Hindraf) has taken up cudgels against Zakir Naik and has been impressing upon the Malaysian government to take action against him. But the government has not responded to their pleas.
However, annoyed by the silence of the Malaysian government in taking punitive action against controversial Islamic televangelist Dr Zakir Naik, the Hindraf has planned to go ahead with the legal course in the matter.
The Hindraf chief P Waytha Moorthy said that this was because the government has been silent despite many letters sent out by the group and its solicitors demanding the government to disclose whether Zakir Naik has obtained permanent resident status in Malaysia.
Moorthy said that the planned court action would take place on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Kuala Lumpur High Court registry.
“We will meet at the main lobby of the High Court Jalan Duta at 10.30 am sharp.
“We call upon you to come in full support of this action which will be filed by a number of prominent Malaysians for the sake of peace and security in Malaysia.
“This is unprecedented action by the rakyat when the top leaders are silent on such serious issues,” he said in a Facebook posting today.
Waytha claimed that Zakir Naik “is capable of radicalising the local youth as well as foreigners into committing acts of terrorism and this was evident by the reported news of the Bangladesh bombers who confessed they were inspired by Zakir Naik’s speeches widely available online.”
On Feb 1, Hindraf had sent a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi demanding answers on whether the controversial Islamic preacher is indeed roaming free in Malaysia.
Waytha had told The Malaysian Times (TMT) that they had emailed and couriered the notice to the Home Minister and they have given him seven days to get back to the demands sought in the letter and if failed to do so, legal action will be taken.
In the letter, Hindraf had listed nine demands relating to Dr Zakir Naik to be answered by Zahid: