KUCHING: Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin said he will write to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir for the government of Malaysia to stop protecting controversial Mumbai-born Muslim preacher Zakir Naik.

Willie said many had asked him on the issue, adding that his conscience is clear that the fugitive preacher must leave Malaysia for the sake of continued peace and harmony in Malaysia.

Willie said Zakir is wanted by India and that it is only right that Malaysia send him back there.

“Why are we (the government) worried of Zakir Naik being killed if we deport him to his original country (India)? We must learn how to respect the laws of other countries,” stressed Willie.

He said if Zakir thinks that he is innocent then he should be brave enough to face the laws in his own country.

“We cannot be penny-wise and pound-foolish,” he said, adding that it is not a wise move to protect just one person while pitting Malaysians against each other in the process.

“Why protect Zakir but in the process destroy this country’s unity and create more hatred among Malaysians?

“How can we in all conscience justify the direction, aspiration and hope of this new Malaysia?

“I fought for more than a decade with many of my comrades as we wanted to uphold justice, fairness, progress and peace for this beloved country. 

“This definitely isn’t the direction we wanted,” added Willie.