Malaysia cabinet to discuss residency of controversial Indian Islamic preacher

By mayor

August 14, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s cabinet will discuss the permanent residency of controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik on Wednesday, said a minister who believed Naik should return to India to face charges of money laundering and hate speech.

Naik, who has lived in Malaysia for about three years, has come under fire for his recent comments that Hindus in the Southeast Asian country had “100 times more rights” than the Muslim minority in India and that they sometimes believed in the Indian government more than the Malaysian one.

Race and religion are sensitive issues in Malaysia, where Muslims make up about 60 percent of its 32 million people. The rest are mostly ethnic Chinese and Indians, most of whom are Hindus.

Malaysia’s Minister of Human Resources M. Kulasegaran said Naik’s comments could have been aimed at creating a fissure in the multi-racial nation so he could win the favor of Muslims.

He said Naik did not deserve the status of a permanent resident and that the matter would be discussed by Cabinet, which meets on Wednesday.

Naik, who has repeatedly rejected the charges against him in India, denied the allegations made by Kulasegaran and others in Malaysia.

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Source:: One American News Network

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