KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 – Noted Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik’s forum in Melaka was cancelled to avoid it being manipulated and causing a religious controversy. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the forum, titled ‘Similarities between Hinduism and Islam’ which was scheduled to be held this Sunday had sparked debates among certain parties who touched on racial and religious sensitivities even though it had yet to take place.
“The police are consistent about tackling issues which could jeopardise the harmony among the multi-racial and multi-religious society in this country. All decisions made are based on the security aspect, taking into consideration the interests of all parties, in order to maintain public order,” he said in a statement here Tuesday.
Khalid said the police had no objections to any talks or intellectual programmes which could strengthen the spiritual development of the Malaysian society. He said the organisers should have ensured the topic and programme contents did not cause any uneasiness among the people in the country.
At the same time, he also said that he want to stress that the Royal Malaysian Police had never questioned the credibility and expertise of Dr Zakir Naik in religious matters. Yesterday, the organisers of the forum, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka decided to cancel the event on the advice of the police.