The Zakir Naik Indoctrination

A controversial examination question involving Dr Zakir Naik (“DZN“), allegedly from an Ethnic Relations paper, recently surfaced. The English translation of the question, found in the said paper, is as follows:

“Zakir Naik is one of the icons of the Islamic world, he is very active in spreading true Islam and following the Quran and Sunnah of Rasulullah S.A.W. He is able to reason and to answer every question that is asked to him. However, in Malaysia, he is no longer allowed to deliver his preaching. In your opinion, as a Malaysian, why does this happen?”

The question, controversial in and of itself, goes further to provide multiple choice answers to the question namely:

“1) Malaysians do not bother to receive information

2) Malaysians were sensitive and feel threatened for no reason

3) Malaysians just follow the crowd without verifying any information

4) Malaysians are ignorant about their own religion.”

This is, unfortunately, an example of nothing more than pure indoctrination. The examiner’s opinions about DZN are presented as facts and the examiner’s biases and presupposition pervade the multiple choice answers provided. Actual facts about DZN, on the other hand, are not taken into account.