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Mumbai: Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik addresses a press conference through Skype in Mumbai, on July 15, 2016. (Photo: IANS) by .
Controversial preacher Zakir Naik

Malaysia bans Peace TV preacher Zakir Naik’s public speeches as India seeks his extradition….reports Asian Lite News. Naik, who was granted permanent residency in Malaysia after he left India on being charged with giving inflammatory speeches, has been barred from delivering public talks in every state in Malaysia by the police in the interest of national security

Mumbai: Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik addresses a press conference through Skype in Mumbai, on July 15, 2016. (Photo: IANS) by .
Controversial preacher Zakir Naik

Controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik, living in Malaysia for the past three years after fleeing India, has been barred from delivering public talks in every state in Malaysia, even as he faced a second round of questioning by police for his provocative remarks.

India in June revealed that it made a formal request to Malaysia for the extradition of Naik.

Naik, who was granted permanent residency in Malaysia after he left India on being charged with giving inflammatory speeches, has been barred from delivering public talks in every state in Malaysia by the police in the interest of national security. His TV channels Peace TV English and Peace TV Urdu are available on Sky platform 740 and 747 respectively. Dr Naik is regularly appealing for funds and using British bank accounts to handle the contributions. Besides India, Bangladesh too banned Peace TV as it has often been used by the Islamic State recruiters for indoctrination and brainwashing the youth.

Royal Malaysia Police corporate communications head Senior Asst Comm Datuk Asmawati Ahmad confirmed this, the star.com reported.

Naik, 54, was questioned by the police for 10 hours during a second round of questioning for making racial remarks. He was seen leaving the Bukit Aman police headquarters in a Toyota Innova, the Post reported.

CID Director Huzir Mohamed told the Jakarta Post that Naik was being probed under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace.

Naik was earlier barred by seven states – Melaka, Johor, Selangor, Penang, Kedah, Perlis and Sarawak – from speaking in public after his incendiary racial remarks.

Malaysia’s former police chief Rahim Noor has urged the government to rescind his Permanent Residency (PR) status and return him to India.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants at the Prime Minister's Office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, May 21, 2018. Core members of the cabinet led by newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad were sworn in on Monday, as the 92-year-old leader vowed to restore the former glory of the country. (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung/IANS) by .
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

“Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had commented that the government will consider rescinding his PR status if it is proven that he has committed criminal offences,” Noor was quoted as saying.

Naik has been slammed for making racial comments during an August 3 talk. He had said that Hindus in Malaysia get “100 times more rights” than the Muslim minority gets in India, and yet they support the “Prime Minister of India and not the Prime Minister of Malaysia”.

Despite facing calls for deportation by multiple parties, Naik called on the Malaysian Chinese to “go back first” as they were the “old guests” of the country.

Malaysia’s impatience with Naik also comes days after Malaysian Minister P. Waytha Moorthy, Special envoy of Prime Minister Mahathir, visited India and met Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.

Peace TV on Digital World

 Despite restrictions on airing Zakir Naik’s Peace TV, the controversial Islamic preacher can easily spread his message thanks to an app that can be downloaded from Google Play Store.

One can easily view Peace TV Network programmes after downloading the app which has been installed over 100,000 times. The contents of the network are available in four languages – English, Urdu, Bengali and Chinese.

Besides India, Bangladesh too banned Peace TV as it has often been used by the Islamic State recruiters for indoctrination and brainwashing the youth.

Naik, who has been living in Malaysia for the past three years after fleeing India, has been barred from delivering public talks in every state in Malaysia.

But the availability of Peace TV content on digital platforms may nullify the efforts to bar the controversial Islamic preacher from spreading his messages.

His videos are also available on YouTube channel Peace TV Live.

While social media users on Tuesday appreciated the move by Malaysia to block his public talks, they also questioned the effectiveness of such bans in the digital world.

“Thank you @malaysia for banning terrorist @ZakirNaik_real,” wrote one Twitter user.

“To all Malaysian Muslims who supports #ZakirNaik mainly because he’s a “Muslim brother “, please try to gain perspective and think of him as just an ordinary man and then you’ll finally see what a wicked man he is,” said another user.

Naik was granted permanent residency in Malaysia after he left India on being charged with giving inflammatory speeches.

India in June revealed that it made a formal request to Malaysia for the extradition of Naik.

Malaysia’s former police chief Rahim Noor also urged the government to rescind his permanent residency status and return him to India.

“Dear #Malaysia you have great slogans ‘Malaysia Truly Asia’ why do you want to make it dishonoured just because for one traitor #ZakirNaik who even don’t belongs to you, don’t frame your country as hardcore orthodox he will ruin your generation so just be aware (sic),” wrote one Twitter user.

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