Barely a week after he called for Zakir Naik to be deported to India over his "racist" remarks, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman was seen hosting dinner for the fugitive preacher
Syed Saddiq took to his Twitter and Instagram accounts to share photos of him having dinner with Zakir Naik, who was invited at the minister's house in Petaling Jaya.
He also called on Malaysians to forgive the controversial preacher and move on.
In the caption accompanying the photos, Syed Saddiq wrote:
"No one in this world is free from mistakes. Zakir has apologised. I myself have made mistakes and accept it when called out on it.
"There's no need to beat on our chests and make things worse. There is no need to insult and curse. Let's move on. The country needs healing."
The Sports Minister also stressed that our unity is our strength and that each race has made its own contributions towards the country
"Malaysia is a multi-racial and multi-religious country. We believe in moderation over extremism. Our unity is our strength. Each race has made its own contributions.
"They are all Malaysian citizens like me. Unity in diversity. Stronger, together, forever."
Prior to his dinner with the preacher, the minister had joined the ranks of his Cabinet colleagues demanding Zakir's deportation:
The controversial preacher's "racist" remarks recently made Malaysians come together to share their moments of 'muhibbah':