Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) president Ibrahim Ali got the nod from the Kuala Lumpur High Court today to be an intervenor in a lawsuit filed by 19 human rights activists against the government and four others, for harbouring controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik.
Perkasa’s counsel Adnan Seman told newsmen that Judge Wira Kamaludin Md Said allowed Ibrahim’s application when the matter came up for case management in his chambers.
“I explained to the judge that Ibrahim had applied to become an intervenor in the lawsuit because Perkasa, as a Malay NGO, is obliged to protect Islam, the religion of the Federation.
“The plaintiffs and defendants also did not object to Ibrahim becoming an intervenor in this lawsuit and therefore the judge allowed the application,” said Adnan.
The case had been fixed for management on July 20.
Ibrahim filed his application to become an intervenor at the High Court Registry on March 14, 2017.
He claimed that he applied to intervene because the suit affected the rights of Muslims to listen and gain knowledge from talks and sermons presented by Zakir.
Counsel S. Kavittha appeared for the plaintiffs, while Senior Federal Counsel Haryati Ahmad represented the defendants.
On March 1, 19 activists led by Hindraf leader P. Waytha Moorthy initiated legal proceedings against the government and four others to get a court order to declare preacher Zakir as a threat to public order, morals, the economy, social harmony, national education, national unity and to the peace of multiracial Malaysia.
Among the 19 are Lim Teck Ghee, Sabah Star (Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku) president Jeffrey Kitingan and lawyer Siti Zabedah Kassim.
In the court papers, the plaintiffs are seeking a court order to immediately revoke the status of Zakir as a permanent resident if it has been granted to him.
In their legal action, they named Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, director-general of the Immigration Department, director-general of the National Registration Department, Inspector-General of Police and the Government as the defendants.