Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Zakir Naik PR of Malaysia - Blame Najib or Mahathir? Or both?

Malaysiakini - Why is Zakir Naik still in our country? (extracts):

by S Thayaparan | Published: Today 9:20 am | Modified: Today 9:29 am

“You perceive the force of a word. He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense... Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world.”
- Joseph Conrad, author

COMMENT | It is really a funny question, right? When I say “our” and there are people who were born here, like Letchumie Sinnan who has been given the run around by the bureaucracy for 20 years and been stuck in permanent resident limbo, while a demagogue, alleged money launderer and extremist sympathiser like Zakir Naik get feted by the political and social elite.

Meanwhile, there are thousands of Indians and Chinese who have to eke out a living and contribute to the economy but are not considered citizens of this country. Over the years, I have met and attempted to help - in my own small ineffectual way - dozens of Malaysians to get their MyKad. It is really galling to witness a religious hatemonger like Zakir Naik being defended by the political elite in this country of the Islamic persuasion, while so many - a legion, I would say - have no one to speak up for them.

The fact there are Indians and Chinese in this country who are considered, for whatever reasons, permanent residents (if they are lucky) and the state wilfully refuses to recognise them as citizens, while Zakir Naik gets to spread his horse manure in comfort, is an insult for anyone who has served this country, either in the state security apparatus, in the teaching profession or whatever else capacity that has made this country what it is today.

Let me say this. I bet my last ringgit that all these Malaysians who have been denied their citizenship, who have been given the run around by the bureaucracy and who toil in menial jobs unable to get a foothold, I bet that they have contributed more to this country than the radicals like Zakir Naik. All those people I have attempted to help over the years display a profound love and loyalty to this county, even though they have been marginalised.

Someone like me often wonders, how could you love this country when it doesn’t even recognise you? How can you be loyal to this country when it has willfully abandoned you? We live in a great country is their common refrain. Yeah, a great country, where the likes of Zakir Naik get to say what he likes and (now) to be deported only if he misbehaves.

Tell me, what does “not creating problems” mean? What would it take for Zakir Naik to be kicked out of this country? What exactly is the threshold here?


  1. In this blog, N is pure, M is evil. The End. The statement is final & all objections will be ignored / not entertained. Not happy? Complain elsewhere, thank you very much!

  2. What about all those preachers, priests, evangelists etc who are not from India but are Malaysian citizens condemning non believers of their Abrahamic faith that non-believers will go to Hell and praying to idols or whatever are great sins and made the butt of their religious sermons?

    Are they not preaching hate and terrorising children of other faiths also? Are they not also Terrorists?

    Where shall all of them be deported to?

  3. Did the political donors of the RM116.7M specify that all the money donated was meant for UMNO only, and not other BN component parties? MCA, MIC, Gerakan etc should claim this money too, what the heck PAS too....

    UMNO has engaged lawyers to claim RM116.7 million seized by police from premises linked to former party president Najib Razak. Najib and the party have repeatedly claimed that the funds are political donations made in the run-up to the 14th general election. Umno legal unit head Azalina Othman Said, in a statement today, said the party has hired Scivetti & Associates, with Hariharan Tara Singh as lead counsel. “Umno has hired Scivetti & Associates… with Hariharan as lead counsel, to represent Umno in claiming the political donations, amounting to roughly RM116.7 million, belonging to the party that has been seized by police.”

  4. Bijan was merely a Seat Warmer for 10 years.
    He is completely blameless for anything that happened during his reign