Malaysia to probe Zakir Naik over sensitive remarks

Published: Aug 17, 2019, 13:24 IST | Agencies

Zakir had asked the Malaysian Chinese to "go back" first, as they were the "old guests" of the country, during a religious talk

Malaysia to probe Zakir Naik over sensitive remarks
Zakir Naik. File Pic

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian authorities have initiated an investigation against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik over his intent to provoke a peace breach while making alleged and sensitive remarks on the Hindus and Chinese residing in the Muslim-majority nation.

"We have opened an investigation paper based on a report made in Gombak. Around 115 reports have been lodged on the matter so far," Federal CID director Huzir Mohamed was quoted as saying by The Strait Times during a press conference on August 15 at the Selangor police headquarters.

Zakir had asked the Malaysian Chinese to "go back" first, as they were the "old guests" of the country, during a religious talk titled 'Executive Talk Bersama Dr Zakir Naik' in Kota Baru, Kelantan, in response to calls for his own deportation. His speech at the same venue was also condemned by many parties after he compared the Hindus in Malaysia to the Muslims in India, saying that the Hindus here enjoyed more than 100 per cent rights in Malaysia compared to Muslims in India.

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