Kuala Lumpur, Aug 15: The Malaysian police have opened an investigation after receiving 115 police reports against controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik, CID director Datuk Huzir Mohamed said on Thursday. “This case is being investigated under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace,” Huzir said at a press conference at the Selangor police headquarters, reports Bernama news agency.
Naik, wanted in India for allegedly making hate speeches and laundering money, has permanent residence status in Malaysia. He has been living in the country for the last three years. In a speech in Kota Bharu recently, Zakir was reported to have said that the Hindus in Malaysia are more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than to Mahathir Mohamad. On Wednesday, two ministers told Prime Minister Mahathir at a cabinet meeting that Naik needs to be deported as his speeches were "inflammatory in nature".
At least four cabinet ministers have called for Naik's deportation along with other senior politicians. India has made a formal request for the extradition of Naik. In June this year, the External Affairs Ministry said it would "continue to pursue the matter with Malaysia." Last Tuesday, Mahathir reportedly said that Naik could not be sent back to India for fear that he may be killed. However, he is open to any suggestion for him to be sent to any other country that may want to accept him. UNI