KUALA LUMPUR: Both forums by controversial Muslim preacher Dr. Zakir Naik will proceed as planned here on Saturday and at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia, Malacca, on Sunday.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim however said the title of the lecture to be held at the Bukit Jalil stadium would be changed from “Is the Quran God’s Word?” to “Women’s Rights in Islam”.
“I have spoken to the DPM (Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi) and IGP (Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar) and they have agreed for the event to continue. But we have advised for the title of the talk to be changed. We support these events entirely,” Shahidan told the media at the Putra World Trade Center today.
Ahmad Zahid also confirmed that Zakir’s talk in Malacaa will be held after the speaker agreed to change the title of his talk.
On Monday, Khalid said Zakir would be barred from giving a talk at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia in Malacca titled “Similarities between Hinduism and Islam” following a backlash from several groups including the MIC.
Meanwhile, the information officer of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has lodged a police report over a fake tweet claiming that Lim would not allow Zakir to enter Penang.
Zaidi Ahmad said he was informed about the fake tweet posted on Monday evening and clarified that Lim did not post such comments on his official social media accounts.