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Rep offers to sponsor Zakir Naik's 'one-way ticket home'

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As calls for Dr Zakir Naik to be deported grows louder, a state assemblyperson has offered to sponsor the air ticket for the controversial Muslim preacher.

However, Andrew Chen's offer comes with a caveat – it must be a one-way ticket to India.

The Stulang assemblyperson accused the Indian-born preacher of attempting to ruin the harmony of Malaysia and therefore should not be treated as a guest.

"He is not a Malaysian and he is definitely not welcomed by Malaysians, so kindly leave Malaysia and go back to India.

"Once he is back in India, please do not come to Malaysia again," added the Johor DAP deputy publicity secretary in a statement this afternoon.

Chen's call comes in the wake of DAP and PKR ministers urging for the preacher to be sent back to India, where he is wanted for alleged money laundering charges.

Zakir, who is a Malaysian permanent resident, has claimed that the allegations against him are false and the Interpol's repeated refusal to issue a Red Notice against him is proof of this.

The preacher courted flak following his speech in Kelantan last week where he spoke about the calls for his deportation.

He questioned the loyalty of Hindu Malaysians, whom he claimed were more inclined to trust Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi rather than Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He also suggested that Chinese Malaysians are "old guests" in the country.

Zakir has claimed he was misquoted over the Hindu Malaysian comment but had yet to explain his remarks on the local Chinese.

Previously, Mahathir raised concern if Zakir would be accorded a fair trial following India's request for him to be extradited.

Commenting on Chen's offer, former MCA assemblyperson Lee Hwa Beng said the Pakatan Harapan government should first strip Zakir of his permanent resident status.

“Don’t think he will accept your offer! First, get your Pakatan PM to strip him off his PR status first. He will then have to pay his own fare and save your money,” he tweeted.

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