Posted: 4:09 pm, March 14, 2017 by editor
KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 14:Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali has applied today to be part of the lawsuit by 19 human rights activist to intervene and prevent fugitive Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik from being arrested and deported.
“I was forced to come to court for the following reasons, first of all we know that Zakir Naik is a well-known Muslim preacher that is known internationally and has received awards in Malaysia.
“Perkasa has released several statements advising, criticizing Hindraf over accusatory remarks made by them against Zakir Naik without any valid proof or facts that can prove otherwise.
“I as the president of Perkasa has come to the court today to look after the welfare of the PERKASA members who are Muslim,” said Ibrahim at the High Court lobby alongside his solicitor Adnan bin Seman.
On March 1, Hindraf leader P Waytha Moorthy alongside 18 other human rights activist ad filed a lawsuit to have the televangelist Zakir Naik removed from the country, stating that he is a national threat.
19 prominent human rights figures were listed as plaintiffs, including Waytha and Siti Kassim, while defendants listed in the suit are Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the director of the Malaysia Immigration, the director of the Malaysian National Registry, the Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and the Malaysian Government.
Talk over Tea
Ibrahim then spoke of the invitation made by Waytha having extended the invitation to Muslim organizations and political parties including PAS, Perkasa and Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia (Ikram) to clear the air on why Hindraf is against Zakir Naik.
“More importantly, Waytha Moorthy or Hindraf after they have filed the case against Dr Zakir Naik, I read on a blog posting that he had invite me for a tea session, ask him to come to court and he invites me and
Perkasa for a tea session.
“Due to that, in my opinion I feel that it would be appropriate if Waytha did not oppose the intervention today, because he has already invited me for tea.
“So he doesn’t need to refute what I have said today, so together we can come to court and present our cases.
“To see if you (Waytha) are correct or we are correct, that it the best and most gentlemen way.
“At first I also wanted to invite him to drink goats milk, but I think it not necessary as he has come to the court first, so lets see each other in court,” said Ibrahim evidently declining the offer made by Waytha.
(The Malaysian Times)