Zakir Naik was recently chargesheeted by the NIA on terror charges. Kuala Lumpur High Court today heard the petition filed by the citizens in Malaysia saying that Naik is a threat to Malaysia and his permanent residence status should be cancelled or revoked immediately.
While hearing the petition filed by the citizens in Malaysia, the petitioners told the Kuala Lumpur High Court today, that Zakir Naik is a threat to Malaysia and his permanent residence status, granted by the Malasiyan government should be cancelled or revoked immediately.
Naik was recently chargesheeted by the National Investigative Agency on terror charges and Indian Authorities are likely to start his extradition process from Malaysia soon.
Seventeen citizens including few activists have filed a petition before the Kuala Lumpur High Court seeking his removal/revocation of Permanent Residential status as well as declaration that he is a threat to the Security of the Federation.
India Today has accessed the copy of petition in which, controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik has been mentioned as threat to their country.
“Zakir Naik is a person who is threat to the security of federation. The fact that Naik is allowed to be permanent resident in Malaysia will disrupt harmony of country,” reads the petition.
The 17 Malaysian activists who have filed the petition includes Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) chairman P. Waytha Moorthy, academic Lim Teck Ghee, Sabah lawmaker Datuk Jeffrey Kitingan, lawyers Siti Kassim and Asiah Abd Jalil, and Sarawak activist Peter John Jaban.
They petitioner are seeking two court declarations, including one to declare that Naik is a person who is a threat to Malaysia’s security and friendly relations between Malaysia and other countries, as well as a threat to public order in the country.
The second declaration sought is that Naik is therefore not a person fit to be a permanent resident of Malaysia.
The five listed as defendants in the judicial review are the government of Malaysia, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the Immigration director-general, the National Registration Department, and the Inspector-General of Police.
The government lawyer, however wanted the petition to be dismissed but the court ruled out governments request.
“What we are saying is all plaintiffs have locus standi. Why? It is a public interest matter of grave concern, so therefore they have locus standi to initiate this action,” the activists’ lawyer R. Kengadhran was quoted by Malaysia’s media.
Another lawyer for the activists, S. Karthigesan, said his clients’ lawsuit was previously amended to seek only two declarations including that Dr Zakir threatens Malaysia’s relations with other countries.
“In particular, we view since India is after him (Zakir Naik), this will reflect on Malaysia’s international relations with India,” he told reporters outside Kuala Lumpur High Court.
Judge, has fixed February 13 to deliver her decision on both the lawsuit and the application to strike out the lawsuit.
The lawsuit includes orders to revoke Dr Zakir’s permanent resident status, to immediately evict him and bar him from entering Malaysia again.