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Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P Ramasamy speaks to reporters at the Bukit Aman police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. -NSTP/Rosdan Wahid

KUALA LUMPUR: Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P Ramasamy today said there is an attempt to silence critics of controversial Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik.

This, he claimed was related to attempts by certain parties to link him with the Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group.

"They perceived my speech as if I want to create a whole new country or as if I am the supporter of LTTE.

"My involvement in Sri Lanka in 2003 was because I was chosen as a mediator, academician and for my expertise in political science in the constitutional affairs committee.

"My role was to be the peacemaker but all that was twisted by some people." he said.

Ramasamy was summoned to Bukit Aman police headquarters today and was quizzed for more than three hours by the D5 Classified Criminal Investigation Unit.

Police have recorded statements from the DAP politician over two articles published on two online portals last month, and also over allegations of his alleged involvement with the LTTE.

On the two articles, Ramasamy said online news portal, Malaysia Gazette, had misreported his comments in the Sept 17 article titled "New government but the same old police force".

"I disagree with the Malaysia Gazette's interpretation. What I meant in the article and what they wrote has been misrepresented.

"I've explained the matter to the police and have nothing to hide." he said.

Meanwhile, on Zakir's lawsuit against him, Ramasamy said he would leave the matter to his lawyer.

"I personally have nothing against Zakir. He can come to Malaysia and give speeches on Islam, it's not a problem.

"But, do not incite or make bad remarks on the non-Muslims.

"He should not say certain things about us and don't question my loyalty as a Malaysian.

"I was born and raised here. I got married and I will die here. Why come to Malaysia and claims Indians are not loyal to the country?" he said.

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