Dr. Zakir Naik, the controversial preacher has issued an apology after being banned from giving speeches in all states in Malaysia.
On Monday, the Malaysian Police grilled the preacher for more than 10 hours in connection with the probe against him for his recent inflammatory comments against the Chinese and Hindu population in this Muslim-majority country.
Dr. Naik, however, said his remarks were 'used selectively with fabrications added to them.' Asserting that his sole mission is to spread peace throughout the world, he added, 'I do face detractors who try to prevent me from carrying out my mission.'
Earlier, the Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, had said it is 'quite clear' that Naik attempted to incite racial tensions in the country with his recent comments against country's non-Muslim population.
'Religious teachers can preach but he was not doing that. He was talking about sending Chinese back to China and Indians back to India. That's politics,' Dr. Mahathir had reportedly said at a press conference.
Commenting on Naik’s permanent residency (PR) status, the Prime Minister said that the government will await the results of the investigation and then make a decision.
'He has PR status. We can take that away from him if he does something that is detrimental to the well-being of the nation,' he was quoted as saying. The preacher, wanted in India for hate speech, has been granted permanent residency status by Malaysia.