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Neither plot nor slot given to Zakir Naik, says Putrajaya

May 8, 2019

* Who is Zakir Naik? Muslim preacher faces hate charges in India, but is welcome in Malaysia  

Zakir Naik has evaded Indian authorities over allegations of money laundering.

PETALING JAYA: Putrajaya has denied a report from India which claimed that the Malaysian government had given controversial Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik a plot of land to restart his banned Peace TV satellite channel.

The Prime Minister’s Office also rejected a claim that Naik, who was recently charged in India with acquiring criminal assets worth millions of ringgit, will be given a slot on the government’s broadcast channels.

“We would like to clarify that these allegations are baseless,” it said.

India’s Republic TV has claimed that Malaysia decided to “reward” Naik to operate his Peace TV operations.

Last week, India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) charged Naik in absentia with money laundering.

The agency said Naik had made “inflammatory speeches and lectures” which incited a number of Muslim youths in India to commit terrorist acts.

Naik has strongly denied the accusations against him, and has evaded Indian authorities who have been seeking to deport him from Malaysia, where he has been granted a permanent resident status.

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