India is seeking Naik’s extradition following charges of money laundering and hate speech [File: Adnan Abidi/Reuters]

Controversial Indian preacher Zakir Naik has apologised for making racially sensitive remarks in Malaysia, a day after he was questioned by police for hours over the comments.

Naik, who faces charges of money laundering and hate speech in India, has come under fire for comments that pitted Malaysia’s ethnic and religious minorities against the predominantly Muslim Malay majority.

“It was never my intention to upset any individual or community,” the Muslim preacher said in a statement on Tuesday.


“It is against the basic tenets of Islam, and I would like to convey my heartfelt apologies for this misunderstanding,” Naik said.

Meanwhile, Malaysian police said

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