Wanted in India, Naik set to rebuild empire in friendly Malaysia

Source: Free Malaysia Today

After evading authorities in India, the controversial preacher has made a lakeside condominium in Putrajaya his new base, where he meets like-minded prominent individuals.

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Zakir Naik is hounded by his fans after Friday prayers at the Putrajaya mosque.

PUTRAJAYA: Friday prayers at the Putrajaya mosque have just ended. As worshippers rush to beat the fast building traffic congestion outside, a small crowd begins to gather at the back row of the main prayer hall.

The excitement at the end of the weekly congregation here is almost a ritual now. Their focus is Zakir Naik, India’s most controversial Muslim preacher.

Naik is wanted in different ways in India and Malaysia.

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India to seek Zakir Naik’s extradition from Malaysia, says report

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has submitted a detailed investigation report on the alleged terror activities of fugitive Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in New Delhi.

The Times of India (TOI) reported today that the agency has sought prosecution sanction from the ministry against Naik, who fled India and who has been given permanent resident status by Malaysia.

It said this was a step towards seeking his extradition from Malaysia and Saudi Arabia where he has been known to be residing.

Naik was last seen on Sept 29 participating in Friday prayers at the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque in Putrajaya. Photographs of him among the congregation were uploaded on Facebook and spread via social media.

Citing sources, the news daily said the ministry was informed that the investigation against Naik was complete and his role in radicalising Indian Muslim youth to join “jihad” (religious battle) had been backed by strong evidence. Read more

Free speech must be for all — Azmi Sharom

Source: The Star Online

Even if we disapprove of what they say, we should defend to the death their right to say it.

Dr. Azmi Sharom is a law teacher in Universiti Malaya.

Dr. Azmi Sharom is a law teacher in Universiti Malaya.

ONE of the difficulties about defending the freedom of speech is that one has to defend speech that one likes as well as speech that one does not.

In the past week there have been two free speech issues that have been of interest in the country. One is regarding Zakir Naik and the other about a truly unfunny television presenter.

Let’s deal with Zakir first. Right off the bat, I want to say that I don’t think anyone should be banned from speaking unless what they say incites violence.

It does not matter if what they say is hurtful, that is not sufficient ground for censorship.

The very same reasons used to defend Zunar’s right to create his highly critical cartoons and not face criminal charges can be used for Zakir. Read more

Waiting 30 years, woman says unfair that Zakir Naik gets PR

Source: FMT News

Sandra Monteiro, born and adopted as a baby, laments foreigners getting PR status ahead of stateless people like her, who are denied only due to some technicality. Pic from FMT News.

Sandra Monteiro, born and adopted as a baby, laments foreigners getting PR status ahead of stateless people like her, who are denied only due to some technicality. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A stateless woman is shocked that foreigners in Malaysia can easily be granted permanent residence (PR) status while her rights have been denied even though she was born here.

Sandra Monteiro claimed it was unfair that Zakir Naik, a controversial Islamic preacher, was granted PR status five years ago, according to a recent report.

“It is very unfair to me and the rest of the stateless people staying in Malaysia, who have been trying for many years to be acknowledged and to get hold of PR status,” she said.

Monteiro, 39, lamented the fact that Naik and other foreigners from Bangladesh and Indonesia were able to obtain their PR status easily while her request for citizenship was rejected. Read more

Cops to probe Facebook user for saying Islam not ‘religion of peace’

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — The police sought today to summon a Facebook user who allegedly said Islam was not a religion of peace, in response to on-the-run preacher Dr Zakir Naik who described himself as a “messenger of peace”. – See more at:

Screenshot of Tweet by Khalid Abu Bakar.

Screenshot of Tweet by Khalid Abu Bakar.

In the tweet, Khalid attached a screenshot of a Facebook user who responded to a Malay Mail Online article with the headline: “Zakir Naik: I’m a messenger of peace, my critics are terrorists”.

Khalid’s tweet is translated as: “@OfficialPcirc @PDRMsia Call up the person named below and ask him to explain what he meant by “Islam was never a religion of PEACE”. Read more

Activists file civil suit demanding Zakir Naik’s arrest

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Activists speak to members of the media at a press conference after filing a civil suit on Dr Zakir Naik at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex March 1, 2017. — Picture by Zurairi AR

Activists speak to members of the media at a press conference after filing a civil suit on Dr Zakir Naik at the Kuala Lumpur Courts Complex March 1, 2017. — Picture by Zurairi AR

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 — A group of 19 human rights activists filed a civil suit against the Malaysian government today, accusing it of failing to protect the country against controversial televangelist Dr Zakir Naik.

The suit, among others, sought a government declaration that Dr Zakir was a threat to national security, called for a ban to prevent him from entering the country, and for him to be arrested and deported immediately.

The group, comprising plaintiffs from different religious and ethnic backgrounds, said Dr Zakir was an “undesirable person” and “a preacher of hate” who was currently roaming free in Malaysia.

“This application is not meant to insult or question the teachings of Islam and/or insult the feelings of any parties whether Muslim or not, Zakir Naik’s fans, or observers of his speeches,” the group’s spokesman, P. Waytha Moorthy, read to the press from an affidavit.

“There’s nothing on Islam, we’re strictly going on the issue of national security. Strictly on that,” added Waytha Moorthy, who is also chairman of the Hindu Rights Action Force, or Hindraf.

Besides Waytha Moorthy, the 19 plaintiffs included academic Dr Lim Teck Ghee, Sabah lawmaker Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, lawyers Siti Kassim and Asiah Abd Jalil, and Sarawak activist Peter John Jaban.

Other reliefs sought by the plaintiffs include a declaration that Dr Zakir is a threat to country’s security, unity as well as the peaceful and harmonious co-existence of its various faiths and races. Read more