KUALA LUMPUR: Human Resources Minister M.Kulasegaran said he is prepared to meet controversial Muslim preacher, Dr Zakir Naik in court.
This was over the alleged remarks made by the minister which was said to be defamatory against the Mumbai born medical doctor turned Islamic preacher.
On Friday, lawyers of Zakir Naik served a Letter of Demand against the DAP national vice-chairman demanding that Kulasegaran retract his remarks, apologise and pay compensation.
This is for alleging that Zakir Naik had remarked that Hindus in Malaysia were more loyal to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as opposed to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The remarks were said to have been made at a ceramah last Thursday in Kota Baru.
At the same event, Zakir Naik was also alleged to have called on Malaysian Chinese to "go back" first as they were the "old guests" of the country.
“I would like to reiterate that I will stand by what I said and in no way am I going to apologise for standing up for my fellow Malaysians,” said Kulasegaran in a statement today.
The Ipoh Barat Member of Parliament said the remarks by Zakir Naik was most uncalled for, and clearly shows his intentions to sow discord in a multiracial country.
“This harmony that we have enjoyed is a Malaysian treasure, which we should never give up for anyone, much less with someone with (Zakir) Naik’s reputation,” the minister added.
Kulasegaran said there was also no necessity for the founder and president of Peace TV to wait for a reply for him on the Muslim preacher’s threat to sue him for defamation.
“He should advice his lawyers to file proceedings, if he is serious, as I am steadfast in fighting this matter, come what may.
“Rest assured that I will not cower and run to another country to seek refuge,” said Kulasegaran.
The minister who is on official business to Japan said he will return home to face and defend the unfounded allegations against him without fear.
“I welcome the opportunity to confront bigotry and anti-Malaysian sentiment on behalf of the people who voted for me and who rely on me to safeguard this country.
“In short, my message to Zakir Naik is that I will see him court !” he said.
Kulasegaran also thanked Malaysians of all races and walks of life for sending message of support to him on the matter.
“I assure all Malaysians that I will continue to fight for their rights, do all I can to stop anyone who creates disruption to the unity of Malaysia.”