Malaysia to force India-born Muslim preacher to leave the country after attacks on Chinese, Indians

Move follows fugitive Muslim preacher's latest controversial attacks on minority races

Dr Zakir Naik.
Dr Zakir Naik.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The Malaysian government will seek to force controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik out of the country, after his incendiary attacks on minorities last week fuelled criticism of its refusal to deport the fugitive Indian televangelist.

The Straits Times understands the Cabinet agreed on Wednesday that Dr Zakir - who was granted permanent residency by the former Barisan Nasional administration - should leave the country.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 16, 2019, with the headline 'Malaysia to force Indian preacher to leave the country'. Print Edition | Subscribe