Zakir Naik draws flak for criticising Malaysian Hindus

Zakir Naik draws flak for criticising Malaysian Hindus

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The controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik has drawn flak for criticising Malaysian Hindus saying they are dishonest and Hindus in Malaysia are more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than their own premier.

Soon after his speech questioning the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that Malaysia is not keen for the Muslim preacher Zakir Naik to be in the country.

Human Resource Minister M. Kula Segaran has called for action against Naik while the National Patriots Association (Patriot) on Wednesday took the preacher to task for questioning the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus to the country and saying China mistreated Uyghur Muslims.

“Questioning the loyalty of the Malaysian Hindus shows Zakir is ignorant, dishonest and has an ulterior motive and a hidden agenda," Patriot president Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji said in a statement.

"It is not for Zakir to instigate the uninformed public, and arouse hatred and animosity towards China, especially at a time when Malaysia's relations with China are improving. Patriot would like to see Zakir Naik shut up now,” he said.

Zakir, who was granted permanent resident status by the previous government, is wanted in his home country India for alleged money laundering and has been accused of inciting extremism.

Government of 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." (UNI)