KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17: Hindraf leader P. Waytha Moorthy has penned a letter to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak imploring Najib to make a public statement over the presence of fugitive preacher Dr Zakir Naik in Malaysia and receiving “VIP” treatment.
“You would notice very clearly there is a hidden agenda to divert from the real issue of National security threat. I hope you would urgently address the real issue faced by our country.
“In the larger interests of the country, I also urge you to notify all religious leaders to refrain from issuing any statements which would aggravate the current predicament.
“National Security and the peaceful co-existence of our multi-racial and multi religious society should not be compromised at all cost. When you (Najib) took office you took the oath and pledge to uphold our Federal Constitution and security of the country.
“I am rather puzzled and am not able to comprehend as to why you and your Government seem to be harbouring this fugitive who is evading arrest and investigations under the terrorism laws and money laundering of Republic of India.
“On the contrary you and the Deputy Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi) seem to be innocently and naively hosting the said Zakir Naik for breakfast and dinners,” read the letter.
Waytha claimed that Zakir Naik had openly condoned terrorism, adding that the latter obviously has a manipulative mind-set aimed at radicalising and instilling terrorist ideas and this was proved by the confession of the Dhaka bombers who admitted they were influenced by Zakir Naik’s speeches.
“His speeches are nothing but creating feeling of hatred, contempt and insulting those non- Muslims worldwide.
“What moral values would we be teaching our children with such disgusting statements by Zakir?” questioned Waytha referring to comments made by Zakir Naik during one of his speeches.
In the letter, Waytha also listed six things he wished for Najib to clarify, it read:
1) Whether you would place the Security of Malaysia and the peaceful co-existence of our multi racial and multi religious society top priority.
2) Whether you would honour your pledge at International conferences to co-operate with International community to combat terrorism?
3) Whether it is indeed true Zakir Naik has been given permanent resident status;
4) Whether the government would be willing to revoke his visitor visa/ entry permit or any other permission granted to him to remain in Malaysia.
5) Despite all the representations made would the government still be willing to harbour this fugitive hate preacher.
6) I also urge you to keep your promise to the Malaysian society that you would promote the concept of wasatiyyah (moderation).
He then urged the Prime Minister to have a look at the Jabatan Perlis Mufti’s Facebook page, which he felt incited hatred and spewed false remarks.
“I also urge you to have a look at the website and facebook of the Mufti of Perlis and the comments contained therein and see for yourself the manipulation of facts, hatred, insulting remarks spurned by the Mufti and his well wishers. This is not the Malaysia that it was once.
“Today Sinar Harian, a local Malay daily carried headline story quoting Perlis Mufti making allegations that my letter to the US Secretary of State has now given him a new found fear that Hindraf may be linked to the Tamil Tigers.
“He likened our letter to an extremist conduct and urged the Government to act. In addition I have been maliciously accused of interfering in the Islamic affairs in conducting Friday prayers (“solat Jumaat”) and insulting the Agong,” said Waytha.
Hindraf has been seeking answer from the government of the status of Zakir Naik in the country and has been striving for his removal from the country as he is wanted by his home country for evading arrest and investigations under the terrorism laws and money laundering.
Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) is banned in India and he is also a wanted fugitive in India.