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KUALA LUMPUR – The High Court here today set Sept 7 to hear an originating summons filed by the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) chairman P. Waytha Moorthy and 18 others on international preacher Dr Zakir Naik.

Lawyer S. Karthigesan, representing the 19 plaintiffs, told reporters that judge Datin Azizah Nawawi fixed the date in chambers when the case came up for mention.

Karthigesan was met by reporters after the chamber proceeding of of the case which was also attended by lawyer Adnan Seman, who acted on behalf of Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) president Datuk Ibrahim Ali, who is an intervenor in the case.

In the originating summons filed on March 1 this year, Waytha Moorthy and the 18 other plaintiffs, comprising politicians, lawyers and members of non-governmental organisations, named Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Immigration Department director-general, National Registration Department director-general, Inspector-General of Police and the Malaysian Government as the defendants.

They are seeking a declaration that the popular preacher is a threat to public peace in the country’s multi-racial society and with that, an order to stop him from coming into the country or remaining here.

If he is already in the country, they want the police to arrest him.

They also claimed that Zakir had promoted terrorism, had been banned from entering several other countries for alleged collaboration with terrorist groups, and had incited foreigners in Malaysia to disturb public order. – BERNAMA


KUALA LUMPUR – The Enforcement Directorate (ED) of India has applied to a special court in Mumbai for permission to lawfully seize some properties of controversial preacher Zakir Naik in Malaysia.

“We have moved the court seeking issuance of Letters Rogatory (LR) to attach some properties of Naik, which we have identified in Malaysia,” special ED Counsel Hiten Venegaonkar was quoted by India Today as saying.

Letters Rogatory are formal request from a court in a country to a foreign court for judicial assistance.

The ED moved the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court last week, the portal reported.

Naik has been accused of spreading hatred through his provocative speeches, funding terrorists and laundering several crores of rupees over the years. The court had in April issued a non-bailable warrant against Naik in connection with the money laundering case.

The preacher fled India following an attack on a cafe in Bangladesh in July last year in which 22 people were killed. One of the terrorist suspects said he had been influenced by Naik’s speeches.

Naik has denied any involvement with terrorists or that he promotes terrorism. He has Malaysian permanent resident status.

PETALING JAYA – Saudi Arabia has granted citizenship to controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik (pic), who has an Interpol Red Notice on him calling for his arrest.

Dr Zakir is a wanted man in India for allegedly financing terror activities and money-laundering.

According to the Middle East Monitor, the 51-year-old preacher left India last year in an apparent bid to evade arrest.

This was after some of those involved in the Dhaka terror attack, which saw people hacked to death, claimed that they were inspired by him.

Indian enforcement officials have revoked Dr Zakir’s passport and approached Interpol to issue a Red Notice, which requests member nations to locate and provisionally arrest an individual pending extradition.

The Middle East Monitor reported that Dr Zakir, who was in Saudi Arabia, would be forced to return to India if his passport was revoked.

The portal said the Mumbai passport office did not appear to have anticipated Saudi Arabia granting citizenship to him, moved to revoke his passport while a special court sent out an arrest warrant for him.

Dr Zakir was denied entry into Canada and the United Kingdom in 2012 after reportedly expressing support for terrorist group Al-Qaeda.

Peace TV, his television channel, has also been banned in Bangladesh, Canada and in the United Kingdom.

However, it recently came to light that he was given Permanent Resident (PR) status in Malaysia five years ago.

Dr Zakir’s recent presence in Malaysia had ruffled the feathers of MIC Youth, which has lodged multiple police reports against him. – The Star Online

KANGAR – The federal government should not entertain calls for popular preacher Dr Zakir Naik to be deported to India, says Perlis Mufti associate professor Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin.

He said the calls which also described Dr Zakir as a terrorist was not justified and in fact, had deliberately created confusion and tarnished the image of famous preacher.

“Based on the talks and knowledge shared by Dr Zakir, there is no evidence to suggest that he incites people to violence.

“Those who make the allegations should provide evidence that he (Dr Zakir) incited violence. Every speech and talk given by Dr Zakir was recorded … so please enlighten us the particular sentences that incited violence,” he told reporters at his office, here today.

Mohd Asri also expressed his disappointment over the situation and proposed for a dialogue to be held between Dr Zakir and those who made by allegations.

Yesterday, Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam, who is also MIC president, was reported to have said that Malaysia could not permit controversial Indian preacher Dr Zakir Naik to use the country as a haven from a terrorism investigation simply because of his religious credentials and as an agent provocateur, he would become a divisive presence in multicultural and multi-religious Malaysia. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – International preacher from India, Dr Zakir Naik, has a permanent resident status in Malaysia and not a Malaysian citizen, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the preacher did not reside in Malaysia but stayed in several other countries.

“He (Zakir) obtained the permanent resident status five years ago, but he is not a Malaysian citizen,” he said when asked whether Zakir was a Malaysian citizen.

He said this to reporters when approached after officiating the Human Ecology International Conference 2017, here today.

In November last year (2016), the Hindustan Times in India reported that Zakir had been given Malaysian citizenship but this was denied by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

Commenting on the report that the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) which was reported to have decided to get a notice from Interpol on Zakir, Ahmad Zahid said Malaysia was prepared to give full cooperation if the Indian government applied for Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) in the investigation on Zakir.

“MLA can be obtained if that particular country has relations and agreement with our country,” he said.

Asked whether Malaysia would hand over Zakir to India, Ahmad Zahid said it was not a matter of ‘handing over’ but involved investigation.

“We follow our country’s legal system and follow the existing diplomatic framework. If there is a request (MLA) we will give full cooperation,” he said.

Recently, the Indian NIA decided to obtain an Interpol notice on Zakir to prevent his movement out of Saudi Arabia after he repeatedly ignored the summons so that an investigation could be carried out on him.

Zakir is alleged to have incited the young Muslim generation to be involved in violence and encouraged enmity between the communities based on religion and race.

However, at a conference in Kuala Lumpur last Sunday, Zakir was reported to have asked the Indian government to look for him in Malaysia.

Zakir was alleged to have fled to Saudi Arabia after an investigation was initiated against him and the non-governmental organisation that he patronised, the Islamic Research Foundation, regarding the alleged propaganda on violence. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR: Nineteen people have started court proceedings to have preacher Dr Zakir Naik branded a national security threat.

They are asking the High Court to declare Dr Zakir, who is from India, a danger to Malaysian public order, national unity and peace because of his teachings.

One plaintiff, Asiah Abd Jalil, said that as a Muslim she was concerned about Dr Zakir’s speeches, adding that Islam does not teach its followers to belittle other cultures and religions.

Another, Muhammad Mujahidin Zulkiffli, said he rejected Dr Zakir’s radicalism while lawyer Siti Zabedah Kassim said they had filed the action to uphold Islamic teachings.

The plantiffs named the Government, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Immigration Department director-general, National Registration Department director-general and the Inspector-General of Police as defendants.

Also among the 19 are former deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waytha Moorthy, who is Hindraf chairman; Dr Lim Teck Ghee and other activists; Sabah STAR (Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku) president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan; and several businessmen.

According to court documents, the plaintiffs want Dr Zakir’s status as a permanent resident in Malaysia to be immediately revoked if it has been granted to him.

They are also petitioning the court to deport the preacher and to prevent him from ever entering the country, even as a tourist.

A court order directing the IGP to arrest Dr Zakir immediately is on their list of wants as well.

Waytha, who is also a lawyer, told reporters at the court complex yesterday that the authorities have not responded to letters asking about Dr Zakir’s status and whereabouts.

The group’s originating summons was filed at the High Court registry that day through lawyer S. Karthigesan.


NEW DELHI – Many top officials of Dr Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) have reportedly put in their papers. Among the IRF staffers who have tendered their resignations include CEO Manzoor Shaikh.

About six senior functionaries are also said to have handed over their resignations to an official identified as Shaukat Jamati on Thursday.

The Islamic preacher and televangelist’s NGO was banned two weeks ago by the government for five years. According to the cabinet, Naik led IRF as “an unlawful association.” The ban was followed by several raids conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on its several offices.

During its raids, besides documents and electronic data, the NIA also seized the mobile phones of Shaikh and other members on the foundation’s board. A forensic test is also likely to be conducted on the phones to retrieve deleted data.

A team of IT experts from Delhi are helping the NIA officials in Mumbai with the forensic evaluation.

The resignations of its top officials, say sources, will come as a huge setback to Naik, as they have reportedly cited the ban on the NGO as the reason for their leaving it. – MyNewsHub/Mumbai Mirror

PETALING JAYA: Controversial Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik (pic) mocked the Indian media, saying that he was never granted a Malaysian citizenship.

The well-known televangelist, whose Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) has been banned in India, chided the media for creating the rumour when they previously claimed that he had been banned in Malaysia.

“Not true at all,” Zakir’s spokesman Arif Malik was quoted as saying by Indian news portal Janta Ka Reporter on Sunday.

“Till a few months ago, the Indian media had been saying I was banned in Malaysia, and now they’re saying I’ve got Malaysian citizenship. That’s ridiculous. And there’s no truth in the Malaysian citizenship rumour,” Malik said, quoting Zakir’s exact words.

A Hindustan Times report on Saturday alleged that Zakir, who is under probe by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA), was currently hiding in Malaysia and had been given citizenship by the local authorities.

He was earlier suspected of being in Africa or Thailand.

Quoting an unnamed representative of the religious scholar, the publication said he was offered the citizenship as a package deal when he was awarded the Tokoh Maal Hijrah award back in 2013.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed has since denied the report, saying that Malaysia did not grant automatic citizenship to anyone unless they were born in the country to Malaysian parents.

The Pulai MP also said that applying to become a citizen was a lengthy process and he did not think Zakir would want to apply to become a naturalised citizen.

NIA officials have in recent days conducted raids at several commercial and residential properties owned by Zakir, and have seized several documents which allegedly indicated that the IRF had sponsored a would-be terrorist planning to travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State.

KUALA LUMPUR – Muslim scholar Dr Zakir Naik has been given a Malaysian citizenship, according to an article published in the Hindustan Times.

Naik, who has preached and conducted programmes in Malaysia before, was also alleged by the report to be currently hiding here after his Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) was recently banned by Indian authorities.

He is also under investigation by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA), who are closely monitoring his whereabouts and have reportedly prevented his family members from leaving the country.

The report quoted one of Naik’s representatives as confirming the development, saying that the Malaysian citizenship was offered as a package deal to the Muslim preacher when he was awarded the Tokoh Ma’al Hijrah title back in 2013.

“It is the state policy of Malaysia to offer citizenship to the awardees of the highest civilian honour of their land. Naik is now a Malaysian citizen too,” the Hindustan Times quoted the unnamed representative as saying.

The report also alleged that Naik, a renowned televangelist, was holed up in Malaysia as a tactic to avoid the NIA investigations.

He was earlier suspected by authorities of being either in Thailand or Africa.

On Friday, Naik issued a statement criticising the move to ban his IRF organisation and the subsequent case against him.

He stressed that he had always advocated peace and condemned violence of any form during his public speeches.

A separate report published by the Hindustan Times quoted him as saying that the probe against him would have been a non-issue if government investigators had done “a thorough job”.

“I expected professional investigators from government agencies to do a thorough job. Had they done so, this issue would have been a no-brainer, a non-issue.

“But I guess that was not the plan. The plan was to ban, not investigate,” he said in the statement.

NIA officials had in recent days conducted raids at 20 commercial and residential properties reportedly belonging to Naik, and had seized several official documents.

Among others, the documents showed that the IRF had purportedly given an Rs80,000 (RM5200) scholarship to Abu Anas, a Rajasthan native who was arrested in January while he was allegedly planning to go to Syria to fight for the Islamic State.

Malaysian authorities could not be immediately reached for comment on the alleged citizenship offered to Naik. – The Star/Agency

PETALING JAYA: Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik (pic) is back in Malaysia, having attended the annual conference of Al-Khadem in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

The preacher also met Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at his home.

On Monday, Dr Ahmad Zahid posted a photo on Instagram of himself with Dr Zakir at his home.

He captioned the photo saying that the “famous preacher” had visited him.

This is Dr Zakir’s second visit to the country this year.

He was in Malaysia in April to give talks on Islam.

Dr Zakir gave a series of lectures in Terengganu in April while his scheduled talk at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, which was earlier banned by police, was given the green light after a compromise was reached – that the theme of the talk is changed.