Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has been barred from holding religious speech at Melaka state of Malaysia. Local media has quoted Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari saying “We want to maintain this (good relations). So we decided not to allow Zakir to hold talks or gatherings here.” Melaka is the 7th Malaysian state to ban Zakir Naik. Earlier Johor, Selangor, Penang, Kedah, Perlis and Sarawak states have banned Zakir Naik.
Wanted in India in cases of financial irregularities and hate speech, Zakir Naik is currenly in Malaysia. However, his days of escaping the long arm of the law may be short-lived as country’s PM has indicated that Zakir’s permanent resident status may be revoked if the authorities provide enough evidence to prove that his actions can disturb social harmony in the country.
This comes days after the Malaysian authorities initiated a probe against the controversial Islamic preacher over his intent to provoke a peace breach while making alleged and sensitive remarks on the Hindus and Chinese residing in the Muslim-majority nation.