PETALING JAYA: Following revelations that he is to appear at a religious ceremony at the Cina Krubong Mosque, in Malacca on Sept 7, the controversial preacher has been thrust into the limelight again.
Posters of the programme that includes prayer sessions, organized by Bersatu Supreme Council member Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen has gone viral on social media.
According to Rafiq, the police had given the green light for the event as long as Dr Zakir Naik will not be delivering any speeches.
“The event will involve praying and zikir (devotional act by uttering God’s name). There will be no speeches,” he said.
Malacca Chief Minister Adly Zahari has given his blessings for the event to proceed, after reassurances from the former that police had given the nod, the Paya Rumput assemblyman said.
Two weeks ago, Adly had banned Zakir from giving speeches in the state.
“We want to maintain this (good relations). So we decided not to allow Zakir to hold talks or gatherings here,” he said.
Meanwhile, the state government was called by Ayer Keroh assemblyperson Kerk Chee Yee to uphold its ban on Zakir.
“He may not be giving talks, but he is a controversial figure to many Malaysians. “All government personnel should obey the spirit of our chief minister’s decision of banning Zakir Naik from speaking in Malacca to preserve harmony in the state,“ Kerk said in his Facebook post.