Controversial preacher Zakir Naik has made some pointed remarks about Chinese Malaysians, while rebuffing calls for him to leave the country.
The remarks were made at a talk in Kelantan last Thursday where he also commented that Hindu Malaysians seemed to trust the Indian government more than Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Zakir made his remarks about Chinese Malaysians while talking about how Islam had spread peacefully in the region through traders.
“[…] Malaysia became fully Muslim. Then you have the Chinese coming, the Indians coming, the British coming. They are our new guests.
“You know someone called me a guest. So I said, before me, the Chinese were the guests. If you want the new guest to go first, ask the old guest to go back.
“The Chinese aren’t born here, most of them. Maybe the new generations, yes.
“If you want the guest to go back, and those guests which (sic) are bringing peace in the community, they are benefit (sic) for the family,” he said before trailing off and getting back on the topic which was about denying that Islam was “spread by the sword”.
Zakir, a Malaysian permanent resident, is in self-imposed exile in the country as he is wanted in his native India on money-laundering charges.
Putrajaya has refused to deport the preacher despite requests from India, saying he may not receive a fair trial there.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said that Malaysia would welcome if other countries would like to accept Zakir.
It was reported in May 2017 that Saudi Arabia had granted citizenship to Zakir.
DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang has supported a call for the preacher to leave Malaysia voluntarily.
Minister: Malays compromised too much with ‘racists’, time to rise up
Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof (photo, above) has upped the ante amid rising tension among ethnic communities over a number of sensitive issues, claiming that Malays have compromised too much with “racists” and urged them to rise up.
“Malays have compromised too much with racial demands that are too racist.
“It is time for Malays to rise up and defend Malay culture before it is destroyed,” he was quoted as saying by Utusan Malaysia.
Mohd Redzuan was referring to the objections to the implementation of khat lessons in the Standard Four Bahasa Malaysia textbook.
The Education Ministry had since reduced the planned six pages of lessons to three and made learning optional, but unhappiness in the non-Malay community has persisted.
Chinese educationist group has branded the move as a form of “Islamisation”, prompting Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to label the group as “racist”.
However, the DAP had said that attacking Dong Zong was not helping as the same sentiment is being reflected on the ground.
Redzuan, in his report, complained that the government had been soft in its approach.
“We have been too tolerant (beri muka). Other countries are not as kind as us. The learning system is made compulsory based on the official language of that country.
“But not for us… we’ve been soft. Let us strengthen Malay culture in accordance with the constitution,” added the Alor Gajah MP, who is also the Malacca Bersatu chief.