Dr Zakir Naik has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons, from being wanted by Indian courts to his controversial Chinese “guests” comment.

Credit: Bernama via Malay Mail

Besides sparking furious debates and a heartwarming #BangsaMalaysia movement online, people are now taking their voices to the streets.

In the colourful streets of Brickfields tomorrow (24 August), there’s an anti-Zakir Naik rally planned called ‘Say No To Zakir Naik, Equal Rights to Indians and Other Races.’

According to the poster, the rally wants to address a whole host of issues regarding the rights of the Indian community from education to citizenship.

Malaysiakini reports that the gathering at Little India water fountain will address 5 issues:

  1. Zakir Naik’s presence in Malaysia despite being wanted by Indian courts for money laundering charges.
  2. Unilateral conversion of minors.
  3. Distribution of funds to the Malaysian Indian Transformation Unit (Mitra).
  4. Statelessness and citizenship.
  5. Jawi lessons introduced in Tamil Schools.

However, the police have come out yesterday advising the public against attending the rally.

Brickfields district acting police chief Supt Arifai Tarawe said that they have received notice from the organiser to hold the rally under Section 9 (1) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, but it was incomplete.

“The notice that was submitted was found to be incomplete and did not meet legal requirements.”

Supt Arifai Tarawe, Brickfields district acting police chief via Bernama/Malay Mail.
Supt Arifai Tarawe
(Credit: Bernama via The Star)

Yesterday, rally organiser Shankar Ganesh shared on Facebook that he had met Tuan Haji Khalid bin Abd. Samad, Minister of Federal Territories to discuss the gathering.

He also insists that this was supposed to be a peaceful gathering meant to address issues faced by the Malaysian Indian community.

However, as the gathering currently does not posses the valid permits, the police advised the public against going to the venue to to ensure the well-being of the residents in the area.

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