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Malaysia doesn’t need Zakir Naik, MIC president says

Malaysia doesn’t need Zakir Naik, MIC president says
MIC president Dr S Subramaniam speaking at the 2050 National Transformation Dialogue session organised by MIC Youth in Kuala Lumpur on April 19, 2017. Photo: Malay Mail Online
Published: 10:55 AM, April 20, 2017
Updated: 11:31 AM, April 20, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR — Controversial Indian Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik has no place in Malaysia, said Dr S Subramaniam on Wednesday (April 19).

The Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) president said this to ethnic Indian youths who asked, during a dialogue on the government’s National Transformation 2050 (TN50) on Wednesday night, why the preacher being investigated for terrorism in India was given permanent residency here.

“I don’t think Malaysia needs Zakir Naik,” Dr Subramaniam said. “Is he going to contribute to the advancement of Islam in the country? The answer is no.”

“Whatever he is doing, he is doing it outside the Malaysian context,” he added.

The government this week confirmed Dr Zakir was made a permanent resident here five years ago. The revelation drew public criticism owing to ongoing investigations against him in India for promoting terrorism.

Dr Zakir’s PR status was a repeated talking point for many participants during the session, many of whom used it as an example to demand for Putrajaya to respect minority sensitivities in the country.

Dr Subramaniam said, however, the preacher was given “too much importance” locally.

“This is a reflection of our current religious dynamics. The issue for us is how we are going to manage these religious dynamics,” he said.

He also warned that not managing such matters and any perceived discrimination could prove the biggest hurdle for the TN50.

Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin also attended the dialogue session, which was organised by several Indian NGOs.

The dialogue received aspirations from 62 participants, which Mr Khairy said was the highest recorders in any TN50 engagement so far.

Announced by Prime Minister Najib Razak, TN50 aims to build a community vision for Malaysians ahead of 2050, via a series of nationwide dialogue sessions. MALAY MAIL ONLINE