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PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at Anwar Ibrahim's Speech With Talk program in conjunction with President Anwar Ibrahim's Tour at the Darul Puteri Complex in Jalan Cheras.
PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at Anwar Ibrahim's Speech With Talk program in conjunction with President Anwar Ibrahim's Tour at the Darul Puteri Complex in Jalan Cheras.
DAILYNEWS PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim supports Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's decision to retain independent preacher Dr Zakir Naik in Malaysia.
He said the decision was not a sign of indifference to the Indian-born speaker, but it was based on legal and humanitarian considerations and not based on sentiment or pressure by any party.
He said he agreed that Zakir would not be sent back to his native country of India and remain in Malaysia, especially when investigations into him were ongoing.
"If we look at his (Zakir's) statements that he is consistent, he is quite provocative and in the religious discourse may be somewhat offensive. But I do not think he intentionally insults or disputes the position of Chinese or Indian.
"The matter of (Zakir) saying that the tension would arise has been resolved (with Zakir's ban on speaking). So I do not think this has to do with the urge or urge that he be sent back to India.
"So I support him to remain in Malaysia, especially as his investigation continues," he told a news conference following the Presidential Visit Program at the state PKR Building here today.
Earlier, he also opened the building and held an hour-long dialogue with statewide PKR members who were also present at the state PKR Chairman Azan Ismail.
Anwar said he personally urged and urged Zakir to avoid becoming a political party.
Meanwhile, commenting on the issue of his deputy Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali's failure to attend the party meeting several times, Anwar said he was positive that the Minister of Economic Affairs was aware of his responsibilities as senior party leader.
Rejecting Azmin's failure to respond despite failing to attend party meetings, he said it was not time for the leader to be sued for his absence and for some reason.
"I have always been positive, why would he think he would not attend the meeting. He is the Vice President and knows his responsibility and I believe he will attend.
"So far no action has been taken against him, (but) he is not immune to the action. But he has always given his reasons for not attending the meeting.
"It is in the party's rules to fail to attend three consecutive meetings for no reason, to resign. Sometimes people try to give reasons, so the Disciplinary Board should investigate whether or not it is true.
"For me, all leaders are required to attend the meeting, so that is enough. Tomorrow we have the highest leadership meeting, monthly and weekly meetings, political bureau meetings. So, all leaders are required to attend," he said.
Commenting on allegations that there were two factions or camps in PKR, which in turn reflected the party's inconsistencies, the Port Dickson MP denied it and said it was just a media perception.
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