‘Whether we like it or not, there is a larger international audience watching and assessing each of our policy deliberations and the last thing, we need, is a confirmation that Malaysia is now a safe haven, a rest and recreational destination or a hideaway for those directly, indirectly or by behavior international terrorists or their financiers and sympathizers?
We respect our leaders and pray that they do the right thing for Malaysia and Malaysians!’
MALAYSIA TOLD TO CLOSE ITS DOOR TO ZAKIR NAIK!
In the past, I had already raised several pertinent issues in international law and diplomacy on this matter!
As such, I will now focus on the domestic backlash expected with this confirmation and action, if not resolved, from various demography prior to in the impending GE14!
If someone had thought Zahid’s confirmation would cause “shock and awe” that an individual now wanted by India, Interpol and banned in several other countries notably Canada, the United Kingdom, Bangladesh was granted a Malaysian Permanent Residence status – it did not!
I am certain that well connected Malaysians and international diplomats are fully aware of the circumstances that led to it and the current backlash and embarrassment it is causing the nation which has yet to clear allegations of violating UN sanctions on North Korea by politically connected individuals and companies?
I am advised there is currently UN agencies and other state departments looking at this.
By the manner the deputy prime minister and home minister worded his reply, on this controversial individual, it is quite clear neither he nor his predecessor were responsible for this rather ‘inexplicable and strange decision’ that go against all norms, diplomatic reasoning, fair play, ethical considerations and its fall out and impact on a nation still reeling from international spotlight on other issues and controversies!
Worst, the recipient of this privilege was not given to others in Malaysia among them, professional wives of locals, local born and bred having technical problems, Malaysians born to locals and foreigners post-divorce or estrangement and those who have been part and parcel of the nation from independence or others whose offspring still denied documents.
It broke my heart and brought a tear, when I read of an individual sharing that his mum was borne in Labu, Negeri Sembilan 86 years ago to Sri Lankan parents and that his grandfather was in service with the British as a civil servant.
That despite his grandmother having a baptism certificate issued a month from her birth by a Church in Labu, though torn and tattered was refused by the authorities and little Napoleons?
His grandmother, he reiterates speaks and dresses like a Malay.
And today 86 years old and still stateless!
She has 8 Malaysian children, umpteen grandchildren who comprise of Indian, Malay and other mixed races and Malay and Indian great grandchildren.
Sounds perfectly 1Malaysia to me which should be enough!
But sadly no?
As Malaysia’s and ASEAN/APEC lead consumerist, I have come across many other cases of such anomaly and certainly gross injustice pertaining to undocumented Malaysians and the footprints of irresponsible little Napoleons!
Inexplicably, the decision to give a PR to this controversial individual with ‘dark clouds over his head’, and against such a backdrop raises many questions and opens old wounds among Malaysians!
International decorum and guidelines are strict when one is given a Permanent Residence privilege.
One is expected to not attract or indulge in controversy which puts the state that has given the PR in bad light!
There are comprehensive background checks made internationally.
Was it done?
Like in other countries, here in multi-racial and religious Malaysia, his religious talks have upset the multi-racial and multi-religious fabric of the country.
There are allegations that even his recent religious frolic and adventure in Indonesia, raised many alarms both in Jakarta, within the region and in Malaysia.
And now, his media outburst against India from Malaysia is unbecoming of him.
Instead of making a physical appearance to address the allegations and chargers against him, in India, Zakir Naik is using the Malaysian vernacular media, urging the Indian government to take up any case against him in an international court, or even in Malaysia.
He is also making derogatory remarks about India and of Muslims there which is a blatant lie!
This is unfortunate and in international law, firing salvos against the Indian government, or others, from Malaysia obviously pits in this case, Putrajaya against New Delhi.
This is a rather mischievous thing to do, trying to use local sentiments to beef up his defense, avoid accountability and thus create bilateral issues between two independent countries and trade partners.
We were very fortunate that India’s fair and free media were advised not to raise this issue during our beloved Premier’s visit to India and they kept to the script as not to embarrass a visiting dignitary!
We may not be lucky the next time, as this individual continues to fire away salvos, makes wilful, exaggerated claims and accusations on the Indian government and others, as if there is an international conspiracy against him and Islam!
There are no two ways about this!
The Malaysian government has to decide, whether this one individual, is more important and priceless to the rights, interests and needs of this nation, over Malaysians and others, who are born, bred and living and contributing to the nation’s needs!
Our politicians should be made accountable too.
We cannot talk with a forked tongue, making public policy based on short term political expediency!
We cannot indulge in fake news for the local consumption thinking rather stupidly that there are no international readers monitoring the scripts!
Whether we like it or not, there is a larger international audience watching and assessing each of our policy deliberations and the last thing, we need, is a confirmation that Malaysia is now a safe haven, a rest and recreational destination or a hideaway for those directly, indirectly or by behavior international terrorists or their financiers and sympathizers?
We respect our leaders and pray that they do the right thing for Malaysia and Malaysians!