Malaysia won’t give in to Indian demands over Zakir naik: Malaysian PM

TIL Desk/National/Malaysia/ Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday that he will not give in easily just because there were demands from India to extradite controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik. Mr Mohamad said his government would always ensure that it looked into all factors before responding to any such demand.

“Otherwise, someone will become a victim,”. “We do not easily follow the demands of others. We must look at all factors before we respond,” he said. The Prime Minister was asked if some parties in his collation government wanted to expel the preacher, who is now a permanent resident of Malaysia and is wanted by the Indian government on charges of money-laundering and terror links.

The leader of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), Ramasamy Palanisamy, said that he suspected that there was some secret deal between Malaysia and India. Mr Mohamad last week said the cleric will not be handed over to Indian authorities as he had been granted permanent resident status in Malaysia. He had said that Zakir Naik, who left India in 2016, would be allowed to stay in Malaysia as long as he did not create any problem.

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