Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik's apology must not influence the government's decision regarding the status of his Malaysian permanent resident status, told DAP lawmaker Ramkarpal Singh.
"Zakir may have qualified his said apology by saying his words were taken out of context, but the fact remains that such words have caused unrest, Ramkarpal said.
"Though welcomed, Zakir's apology does not detract from the fact he may have breached his PR conditions which should be the main consideration in deciding if the same ought to be revoked or not, he added.
"In other words, Dr Zakir's apology does not, in any way, repair the damage that has been done as a result of his words," he said.
Preacher Dr Zakir Naik's said he was not a racist and said that his remarks were "used selectively with fabrications added to them."
On the other hand, Ramkarpal told that foreigners who wish to stay in Malaysia must respect and understand the fact that this is a multiracial nation. "Failing which, they should not be allowed to stay.
"Calling the Chinese guests and claiming the Indians are more loyal to the Indian prime minister compared to the Malaysian prime minister is certainly out of line, no matter the context, he added.
Ramkarpal also told that What reasonable people think is quite different and the authorities must recognise that his explanation and apology dos not excuse him from the wrong that he may have committed.
"In the circumstances, such an apology ought not to influence the mind of the authorities in deciding whether or not to revoke Zakir's PR," he told.
Ramkarpal urged the authorities to place the nation's wellbeing as its topmost priority when deciding on this matter.
On the other hand, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Zakir's PR status would depend on the outcome of the police's investigations.