Mahathir Mohamad Tage to Malaysia refuses to expel him
Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad meets Zakir Naik, who is wanted in India for supposed terrorist activity and financial racketeering, and a governing political adviser has strongly supported the government's choice not to expel the disputed Islamic minister, the Malaysian press said today. Perhaps not well received in New Delhi, the gathering took place today, one full days after Prime Minister Mahathir excluded the deportation of Zakir Naik, who has been permanently resident in Malaysia, unless he violates Malaysia's Law.
"Naik went to Mahathir this Saturday morning," Free Malaysia Today said, citing a well. It' s not clear what Zakir Naik and PM Mahathir Mohamad were discussing in their first session since the reigning Pakatan Harapan took over Putrajaya, the story goes.
Zakir Naik's and Mahathir Mohamad's meet comes one of the days after the PM has given the strongest hint so far that the Malaysian administration will not expel Zakir Naik, who is wanted in India for his activities in this area. In India, there was strong suspicion in the press that the Malaysia authorities would respond to a January demand for the arrest.
However, Mahathir Mohamad said that the Zakir Naik administration would not expel him because he was given full residency in Malaysia unless he caused difficulties in the state. Meanwhile, a strategicist from Malaysia's governing Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) has argued in defence of Prime Minister Mahathir's choice not to export Zakir Naik to India, which would be a deportation of Uighur Muslims to China.
Zakir Naik's activity and speech was not injustice to him, said Rais Hussin, a politician at Zakir Naik's High School. To deport him would be similar to deport Uighurs to China, he said, citing China, which urged Malaysia to extradite 11 Uighurs who came to Malaysia unlawfully last year after their tragic flight from a prison in Thailand.
Zakir Naik was also criticized by Rais Hussin in the public press. He said Zakir Naik's critics - those with "mafia mentality" - should discuss him instead of asking him to be expelled to India. India made a official application to Malaysia in January to expel Zakir Naik, who was wanted by India because of alleged incitement of young people to terrorist use.
It also has an agreement with Malaysia on delivery. Hussin also said it was not fair to liken the country's efforts to match the sentenced murderer Sirul Azhar Umar and business man Low Taek Jho with Malaysia's position on the deportation of Zakir Naik to India. "Jho Low has been found to have murdered Altantuya Shaariibuuu, while Jho Low is involved in the serious larceny in connection with Case 1 Malaysia Development Berhad.
What is that compared to Naik's comparing religious disputes? Sirul was condemned to life in Malaysia in 2009 for the spectacular assassination of Altantuya Shaariibuu in Mongolia. In the last two years, Zakir Naik has also reproached the Indian press for having subjected him to a smear-suck.
Tsakir Naik is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for terrorism and financial mess. In July 2016 he had departed India. In 2016, the NIA first instituted proceedings against Naik under anti-terrorist legislation for supposedly fostering hostility between various denominations. He is also under scrutiny for allegations of hatred that triggered a fatal terrorist plot against a famous café in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capitol, in 2016.