Malaysian leader Ibrahim meets PM Modi, discusses regional and bilateral issues

Published: Jan 10, 2019, 11:04 am IST

New Delhi, Jan 10 (UNI) Malaysian lawmaker and Leader of the Party Keadilan Rakyar Anwar Ibrahim, who called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Thursday, said that his country will never support terror.

The visiting leader also said that on radical Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, the Malaysian authorities are waiting for more evidence and “more arguments”.

“What we have now is a request to bring him back, documents and reasons should be made available,” Mr Ibrahim said.

He also said that the Malaysian government does not ‘subscribe’ to all allegations unless they are furnished with the details.

“We would need some evidence to the effect. Malaysia has been tough on terrorism, and if we are given evidence that someone was involved, we would not tolerate it,” he said.

The probe agencies have accused the Indian-born Islamic preacher of ‘hate speeches’ and links to terrorism.

In fact, Naik’s radical preaching was also linked to the unprecedented terror siege in Dhaka in 2016.

On July 6, 2018, Malaysian Mahathir Bin Mohamad said that Zakir Naik could remain in Malaysia provided he did not violate the law of the land.

Mr Anwar Ibrahim also said that as a democracy in the region, India should take a more positive leadership role.

During his meeting with Prime Minster Modi, the Malaysian leader Ibrahim was accompanied by two Members of the Malaysian Parliament, Kesavan Subramanian and Santhara Kumar Ramanaidu.

The Prime Minister congratulated Mr Ibrahim on his recent election as President of the PKR Party.

The Prime Minister fondly recalled their last meeting in Malaysia in May 2018.

Prime Minister Modi also conveyed his warm regards to Prime Minister of Malaysia.

The two leaders discussed bilateral, regional and global matters of mutual interest, sources said.