Radical Islamist speaker Zakir Naik has been banned from giving public speeches in Malaysia in the interest of national security, following a speech in which he incited the local populace against Hindus, media reports have claimed.
Naik is currently taking shelter in Malaysia after being pursued by Indian authorities over charges of money laundering and giving hate speeches.
As reported recently, Naik had alleged that Hindus in Malaysia are more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than his Malaysian compatriot Mahathir Mohamad. He also reportedly claimed that Hindus in Malaysia enjoyed 100 per cent more rights than Muslims do in India. He also targeted the Chinese community by asking it to “go back” (to their native country).
The Malaysian authorities have charged Naik for making inflammatory speeches with a reported intention to upset peace by making statements against the minority Hindu and Chinese communities living in the country.
He has been banned from giving public speeches anywhere in the country and a circular to enforce this order has been issued to all concerned police units, Malay Mail has reported.
Johor Religious Islamic Department (JAIJ) has added that Naik was never given approval by the body for giving religious sermons. A total of 115 public complaints were filed against Naik.