Monday, September 2, 2019

Zakir Naik: Why the Double Standard?

The refusal to extradite hate preacher Zakir Naik (left) to India doesn’t make any sense. In fact, it is unreasonable, illogical and without basis. 

Consider these three below-mentioned cases. 

On March 05, 2019, Malaysia expelled six Egyptians and a Tunisian suspected of being linked to Islamist militant groups abroad. 

Then Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun had said five of the Egyptians had confessed to being members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and were accused of providing shelter, transport and employment for the remaining two who were reportedly linked to Ansar al-Sharia, a radical Tunisia-based Islamic group. 

According to news reports, they had since gone missing, fueling fears that they had been arrested and tortured. 

A Thai woman, Praphan Pipithnamporn (left), who had sought asylum with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was arrested on April 24 and sent back on May 10. 

Thai authorities reportedly accused Praphan of sedition and organized crime over her involvement with the Organisation of Thai Federation, a movement which has been actively calling for a republic on social media. 

Prior to her arrest in Malaysia, she had reportedly faced run-ins with Thai authorities over her participation in anti-monarchy rallies, and was even held in isolation in military detention. 

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had duly explained on May 14: “If there is a request, then we will send back. (We are a) good neighbour”. 

And last Wednesday, Malaysian police detained a Turkish asylum seeker, Arif Komis along with his family (left) – after police said he should not be in the country – and they were promptly deported the following day. 

Rights groups criticized Malaysia for the expulsion, saying he faces the threat of human rights violations over his alleged membership in a Turkish "faith-based group". 

Mahathir had the blardy cheek to say he was not aware of any risks faced by Komis or his family on their return. 

"I don't know about torture in Turkey. Are we going to accuse Turkey of torture? Do you have proof?" he shot back. "He has a passport of Turkey, so you go back to Turkey".
  
But Zakir Naik need not worry even though he is wanted by authorities in India for alleged money laundering and hate speech. 

Malaysia’s refusal to hand him over – instead we gave him permanent resident status! – has compelled India to seek assistance from Interpol. This is in spite of India having an extradition treaty with Malaysia since 2010. 

Mahathir (left) lamely gave the excuse that Malaysia will not deport the said preacher because of the risk that he would be killed and from doubts of whether he will receive a fair trial. 

Is Mahathir saying India is a rogue country and Egypt, Tunisia, Thailand and Turkey are all righteous countries that steadfastly uphold the rule of law?

Shouldn't Zakir Naik be subjected to the same mandates and principles that Malaysia applied when deciding to return those other persons to their respective countries? Why make an exception of Zakir Naik?

Malaysians find the double standard disagreeably disturbing! Mahathir must stop his effing bullshit!

Why should Zakir Naik be protected and in the process, jeopardize our unity and wreck our harmony?

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