“The Indian community came to his (Dr Mahathir’s) rescue to change the government in the last general election. Now that he’s in power, he cannot defend us? This isn’t a failure on Zakir’s side. This is a failure on Dr Mahathir’s side. And, Dr Mahathir is sending the wrong message to the nation.”
He said the prime minister’s betrayal hurts more than the preacher’s comments.
“We thought Dr Mahathir would defend all citizens. But he failed that yesterday.”
Arun said the Hindu groups will not stop trying to get Zakir deported, adding that they hope for 10,000 police reports to be lodged against the Mumbai-born preacher for his remarks against Hindus recently.
Zakir, at a ceramah in Kota Baru, said it is unfortunate that Hindus in Malaysia are more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi than Dr Mahathir.
Despite India’s request for him to be extradited to face a slew of charges in his home country, he has been granted permanent residency in Malaysia.
Yesterday, Dr Mahathir said Zakir cannot be repatriated as his life may be at risk in India.
“He is here because if he is sent back, he may be killed.
“However, we welcome any country that is willing to take him.”
He brushed aside questions on Zakir’s remarks on Hindus here.
Asked if there is truth to the preacher’s statement on Hindus’ lack of loyalty to Dr Mahathir, the statesman said: “You can ask them. How would I know?”