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Zakir Naik barred from preaching in a Malaysian religious event
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Zakir Naik barred from preaching in a Malaysian religious event

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Malaysian authorities have barred the Islamic preacher Zakir Naik from giving public religious talk in a prestigious event in Malaysia. The event called ‘Malaysia Reverts Camp 2019’ being held in Perlis during August 16-18. It is a big set back to Naik as the event billed as one of the largest gatherings of Muslim converts in Malaysia. According to the early arrangement, the speeches by Naik, his son Fariq, his wife and two daughters have been planned.

The Malayasian government’s decision to bar the Naik from giving preaching in the event came after the questioning of Zakir Naik for making racially sensitive remarks. Naik was in the middle of a controversy recently for allegedly unleashing verbal attacks against Chinese Muslims and Hindus in Malaysia. In a video address Naik reportedly stated that the ethnic Chinese minorities should leave Malaysia first. He also said that minority Hindus in Malaysia are more loyal to the prime minister of India than their own prime minister.

After Naik’s controversial comments, three Malaysian ministers have demanded he should be expelled. Zakir Naik has been barred by Malaysian police from addressing an Islamic event being held during August 16-18 even as a minister said he would be summoned for questioning over “racist statements” made last week. Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement that the police “will be taking stern action on this matter” and calling in Naik and two others for questioning. On Friday, reports in the Malaysian media quoted a senior police official as saying that Naik wouldn’t be allowed to speak at the Malaysia Reverts Camp 2019 being held in Perlis during August 16-18.

Billed as one of the largest gatherings of Muslim converts in Malaysia, the event was to feature speeches by Naik and his son Fariq and events with his wife and two daughters. Perlis police chief Noor Mushar Mohamad told a news conference that 150 police had been lodged against Naik. “Zakir can come to Perlis, but he can’t talk and action will be taken against him if he does so,” he said. Federal territories minister Khalid Abdul Samad too called on Naik to respect Malaysia’s right to peaceful race relations.