Hindraf threatens legal action over Zakir Naik’s status in Malaysia
स्रोत: News Bharati English      तारीख: 28-Feb-2017

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:

  1. Transparent answers as to whether Dr Zakir Naik has been granted a permanent resident status in Malaysia;
  2. What is the logic behind harbouring Dr Zakir Naik and to allowing him freedom of movement and to deliver lectures and sermons in Malaysia, despite his international status of a threat to National Security?
  3. To confirm whether the Government is committed to curb fundamentalism and extreme teaching especially when it is a known fact that the Malaysians are believed to have already been engaging in terrorism activities in Malaysia and abroad?
  4. Whether the Government has taken into account National Security as the paramount interest in allowing Dr Zakir Naik to roam free in Malaysia and if the answer is yes what were the grounds taken into consideration?
  5. What would your reply be to the inaction of The Inspector General of Police who has not responded to our client’s letter dated 14th April 2016 seeking police investigations on the various reports lodged against Dr Zakir Naik in Malaysia?
  6. Whether you are aware that Dr Zakir Naik is a wanted fugitive in India allegedly for terrorism and money laundering linked activities and there is a ban on his Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) by the Indian Government in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967?
  7. Whether you are aware The Indian Central Government has received information that the statements and speeches made by Dr Zakir Naik, are objectionable and subversive in nature as he has been extolling the known terrorists like Osama Bin Laden, proclaiming that every Muslim should be a terrorist?
  8. Whether you are aware The Indian Central Government has received information that through such speeches and statements, Dr Zakir Naik has been promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups and inspiring Muslim youths and terrorists in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts, thus attracting punishment under Section 153 (A) of the IPC?
  9. Whether you are aware The Indian Central Government has received statements of some terrorists arrested in the terrorist attack incidents or arrested ISIS sympathisers revealed that they were inspired by the fundamentalist statements of Dr Zakir Naik, clearly indicating the subversive nature of his preaching’s and speeches?