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Zakir Naik will not be sent back to India, says Dr Mahathir again

KUALA LUMPUR — Dr Mahathir Mohamad has repeated Putrajaya’s stand that controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik will not be sent back to India even though there was pressure from several quarters.

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad reiterated that Malaysia will not deport controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik back to India as his life could be in danger.

Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad reiterated that Malaysia will not deport controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik back to India as his life could be in danger.

KUALA LUMPUR — Dr Mahathir Mohamad has repeated Putrajaya’s stand that controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik will not be sent back to India, even though there was pressure from several quarters.

“For now, there is no change in our stand,” the Malaysian prime minister said after attending a gathering with civil servants in Putrajaya on Thursday (Aug 22).

However, he wants police to continue investigating the Indian national for his controversial speech in Kota Baru, Kelantan, which spiked racial tension in the country.

“I don’t know who gave him his permanent resident status but he should stay out of politics. He can preach, he can spread Islam and we are not going to stop him.

“But he must not talk about politics. Asking the Chinese and Indians to go back is political. Clearly, he is stirring up racial sentiments… let the police investigate.

“In Malaysia, we have rule of law and we will put that into practice,” Dr Mahathir said last Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Several days earlier, Dr Mahathir had said the controversial preacher could remain in Malaysia after his latest remarks questioning the loyalty of Malaysian Hindus to their country.

He said Zakir could not be repatriated because his life could be at risk in India, where he is wanted on terrorism-related charges.

“He is here because if he is sent back, he might be killed.

“However, we welcome any country that is willing to take him,” he said in Sepang.

Zakir Naik is currently at the Bukit Aman police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, this time over the reports he filed against four politicians and a former ambassador for allegedly defaming him. THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

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