Hornbill Unleashed

November 28, 2016

Report: On-the-run Zakir Naik now a Malaysian citizen after terror probe

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

The Hindustan Times reported that controversial televangelist Dr Zakir Naik has been given Malaysian citizenship. — File picA report by Indian news outfit Hindustan Times claimed today that controversial televangelist Dr Zakir Naik has been given Malaysian citizenship, complicating investigation on his terror links by Indian authorities.

The report cited unnamed Dr Zakir’s representatives as confirming the matter, claiming that the citizenship had come as a “package” together with his “Tokoh Maal Hijrah” award he received from Malaysia in 2013.

“It is the state policy of Malaysia to offer citizenship to the awardees of the highest civilian honour of their land. Naik is now a Malaysian citizen too,” the representative told the New Delhi-based Hindustan Times.

Malay Mail Online is in the process of verifying the information with both Malaysian and Indian authorities.

The status of Dr Zakir’s Indian citizenship is also unsure although Hindustan Timesclaimed that Dr Zakir is holding dual citizenship, as Malaysia does not allow such a thing.

The report claimed the lack of information on Dr Zakir’s current location is a tactic to elude the probe by its National Investigation Agency (NIA).

It also pointed out that the fact that Dr Zakir is purportedly a Malaysian citizen on Malaysian soil would complicate investigation, as Malaysia has not allowed any extradition to India despite signing a treaty in 2010.

Earlier this month, Times of India (TOI) reported the Indian government has imposed a five-year ban on Dr Zakir’s NGO, the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF).

The daily reported that India’s NIA is also mulling terror charges against Dr Zakir, reportedly based on testimonies of about 50 terror suspects and convicts recorded from various jails, with those caught citing the medical doctor as their motivation and source of inspiration.

TOI reported that the republic’s administration had banned IRF with immediate effect beginning Tuesday, labelling the movement as an ‘unlawful organisation’.

The ban was purportedly enforced under India’s Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the decision was said to have been approved in the Indian government’s Cabinet meeting.

TOI said that the ban would now force a shutdown of all IRF offices throughout the country.

Source : The Malay Mail Online



  1. It is reported that Zakir Naik wants to move his IRF broadcast centre (Peace TV konon) to Malaysia. Again to the Tan Sris and Dato Sris in the Majlis Keselamatan Negara, the KDN, Immigration, etc : were you all really born stupid? Is it really a problem with your DNA? To be so stupid?

    Comment by almaz — November 28, 2016 @ 5:12 PM | Reply

  2. The Indian government has a warrant of arrest for Zakir. If the Malaysian government or any state government is hiding him in Malaysia, then Malaysia has become a safe haven for terrorism sponsors. This is totally unacceptable by international standards. India should raise an Interpol alert for his extradition. Under the Umno regime, Malaysia has become a safe haven for islamic extremists and criminals. The Umno government needs to declare if Zakir, Jho Low and Riza Aziz are hiding in Malaysia.

    Comment by almaz — November 28, 2016 @ 9:15 AM | Reply

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