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Home Ministry: No special treatment for Dr Zakir

KUALA LUMPUR: Controversial preacher Dr Zakir Naik is not getting any "special treatment" although the Indian national has Malaysian Permanent Resident (PR) status, says the Home Ministry.  
In a written answer to Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh), it said there was no reason to arrest Dr Zakir for alleged terrorism as he had not violated any Malaysian rules or laws.  
"Besides, the Government has not received any official request from the Indian Government in relation to allegations that he was involved in terrorism activities," said the ministry at the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday.  
In her question, Kok had urged the Government to state the reason why Dr Zakir was granted PR status.  
The ministry explained that the PR status granted to Dr Zakir five years ago was done according to the procedures set by the Malaysian Immigration Department.  
"And according to our records, there was no citizenship application submitted to the National Registration Department," it said.  
The ministry, however, said that the Government continued to monitor Dr Zakir's activities in the country and would take action if he was involved in terrorism.  
On Nov 18, 2016, India's National Investigation Agency lodged a criminal case against Dr Zakir in Mumbai, invoking various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.  
Additionally, the Indian Government simultaneously declared the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation launched by him as an "unlawful association."  
Dr Zakir was denied entry into Canada and Britain in 2012 after reportedly expressing support for terrorist group al-Qaeda.
He also has been stripped of his Indian citizenship and has an Interpol Red Notice on him calling for his arrest.  
Dr Zakir has PR status in both Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.
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