Hornbill Unleashed

April 20, 2017

Sarawak to Zakir Naik: You’re not welcome

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

James-Jemut-Masing-zakirnaikLeaders from both sides of the political divide in Sarawak do not want controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, who is sought by India for alleged money-laundering investigations, in the multi-religious state.

Deputy Chief Minister James Jemut Masing said Naik’s permanent residence (PR) issued by the federal government five years ago would not shield him from having his movements in Malaysia restricted.

“The PR doesn’t make Naik immune to being banned as an unwanted person. We have banned Malaysian legislators from (entering) Sarawak before,” he said.

Naik has yet to be officially banned from entering Sarawak, which has autonomous power in immigration matters.

The state has a unique demographic make-up, with Christians forming the majority and Muslims comprising less than a quarter of the population.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera (PBB) supreme council member Idris Buang said the state’s “political setting” would not be welcoming for Naik.

“Personally, I think he is one of the best Muslim scholars out there. For many Muslims, he has done a good job explaining the teachings of Islam. He is a preacher of peace.

“However, he would not be well understood in a place like Sarawak. So my advice is for him to spare Sarawak his presence,” Idris said.

Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang, from Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP), said it was in the state’s interest to block individuals who are detrimental to the peace.

“We are Sarawakians and we will always remember what our late Tok Nan (former chief minister Adenan Satem) said: no extremists and religious bigots, please!” said Lo.

“He may have PR but Sarawak will not welcome political or religious extremists, the likes of Zakir Naik, to step foot here.”

Meanwhile, state PKR leader Baru Bian said Naik should not only be banned from Sarawak, but deported or charged by Malaysian authorities.

“How can we be harbouring someone who is wanted elsewhere? And not only that, we have given him PR status.

“He has been creating disharmony, making sensitive statements that have affected our multi-religious society in Malaysia. That itself should be grounds to deport him or charge him.

“This kind of person should not be allowed to stay in Malaysia.

“If they are serious about creating a harmonious situation in Malaysia, he should be deported back to India.

“Our leaders must make an example out of him. Otherwise, they are not walking the talk,” Baru said.

Naik’s PR was confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yesterday.

On April 15, India’s Enforcement Directorate filed a charge sheet against Naik’s company Harmony Media Ltd and his colleague Aamir Gazdar for alleged money-laundering.

The country’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) is also reported to be seeking an Interpol “Red Notice” to bring Naik back to India to face questioning.

Source :  Richard T.W. @ FMT Online




  1. Invite him to attend Church service and to pray at Tua Pek Kong temple

    Comment by tigeryk — April 23, 2017 @ 6:33 PM | Reply

  2. This man speaks to cheering crowds of Muslims demonstrating his knowledge of ‘comparative religion’ and appears to be citing verses and extracts from various holy books and also quoting from various sources, all to bolster his arguments that Islam is the only true religion and all other religions false religions.

    The fact that Muslims believe that Islam is the only true religion is not a problem as all adherents of all religions believe that to be true of each of their religions. But stating untrue opinions or interpretations and sources of other faiths is wrong.

    Apologists from other religions have analysed many of his speeches and exposed the flaws in his logic and the inaccuracies or untruths in his sources.

    There was a time when we knew exactly who and what we were. Now foreign influences shape our minds and thoughts. India, for whatever reason, allowed Zakir Naik free rein. Perhaps they were giving life to freedom of expression.

    The cynic in me says that they needed people like Zakir Naik to galvanise the Hindu’s feelings. And he did. The Hindu right wing are in ascendant. Zakir Naik, emboldened by the freedom he had to peddle his wares, travelled overseas.

    To Muslim-only audiences, he says things which would alarm non-Muslims and to non-Muslim majority countries, he portrayed a more liberal and accommodating view.

    This is the age of recording devices and YouTube. It was not long before his double speak was exposed.

    His speeches encourage or inspire terrorism, say the Bangladeshis and the Indians. India says that he is engaged in money-laundering activities and India wants him back to answer questions. What should we do?

    So far, we have said that he has committed no crime in the country and have given him PR status.

    Comment by Kumar — April 23, 2017 @ 12:46 PM | Reply

  3. People do not publicly make derogatory statements or critical statements of the religious beliefs of others. Publicly there is respect for one another’s beliefs.

    Indian preacher Zakir Naik, a self-proclaimed expert on comparative religion, demonstrates his expertise by ‘proving’ the invalidity of other religions by quoting from their holy books.

    This he does to the delight of followers who do not really have the knowledge to know whether what he is saying is true or false.

    It does not matter that he has been shown time and again to have misinterpreted or misquoted the holy scriptures of others. Now the charges of money laundering and of inciting or inspiring others to terrorism.

    The police force in his own country want to talk to him. Why do we want to protect him?

    The Umno government has done further damage to the reputation of Malaysia by harbouring a fugitive wanted by the government of India for Islamic extremism and money laundering.

    It seems like Malaysia has become a safe haven for criminals, ranging from 1MDB perpetrators, North Korean spies and racketeers, and Islamic extremists.

    There is no doubt that Zakir Naik easily mesmerises a gullible and unquestioning audience with his seemingly photographic memory, but on close scrutiny, his speeches are laced with factual errors and distortions.

    His quotations from the Bible and Vedas are taken out of context, with the sole intention of belittling non-Islamic faiths. Muslim fanatics with inferiority complex are proud of him as he gives them an ego boost.

    However, this is not what true faith is about. True faith does not incite hatred of other religions.

    Comment by Shirly — April 22, 2017 @ 11:11 AM | Reply

  4. A person who run away to another country to evade and avoid his legal problem in his own country is fugitive. Why are we giving such a person so much respect when the damage ge can do to the country is much greater?

    Comment by Brian — April 21, 2017 @ 9:43 PM | Reply

  5. Catholic Bishop Emeritus Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing hailed the urging by Sultanah Raja Zarith Sofia of Johor for Muslims to show equal respect to non-Muslims as the most “radically inclusive statement ever to come from a major civic leader on the country’s most fraught subject – inter-religious relations.”

    “It’s like life-giving water to a parched desert traveller,” opined the former head of the Catholic Church in the Malacca-Johor diocese.


    Comment by JH — April 21, 2017 @ 2:03 PM | Reply

  6. Are you saying he is a devil indisguise

    Comment by Salim — April 20, 2017 @ 9:18 PM | Reply

    • Spot on.

      Comment by apai — April 21, 2017 @ 8:37 AM | Reply

    • Zakir Naik condemned other religions in praise of his own. Should be charged with sedition.

      Comment by JH — April 21, 2017 @ 2:04 PM | Reply

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