Religious extremist and violence-prone Pakatan Rakyat (from PKR) Member of Parliament Zulkifli Noordin for Kulim-Bandar Baharu calls for Islamisation of the Bar Council. Read here for more
Profile of Zulkifli Noordin (Read here)
Born in Kg Carok Bemban, Batu 42 in Baling Kedah on 19th February 1962Read here Pakatan Rakyat (from DAP) Lim Kit Siang's article, " Disruption of Bar Council forum on conversion - adverse reflection on law and order/religious harmony"
Profession: LAWYER, degree rom Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (1982-1986)
Primary School: Asby Road (English) Primary School, Ipoh Perak
Secondary School: Anderson School Ipoh and King Edward VII, Taiping
Pre-University Matriculation: Royal Military College, Sungei Besi
Did his A-Level in Pakuranga College, Bucklands Beach, New Zealand
"....Malaysia has FAILED a major test in nation-building to demonstrate that we are shaping up to be a more civil society where sensitive issues of inter-faith problems can be discussed in a mature and responsible manner to promote national unity and religious harmony in the country.
The Police FAILED in its duty when instead of upholding the law, they sided with the protestors in ensuring the abrupt end of the half-day forum at 10 am. ..."Read here for more--- End of update----
De facto Pakatan Rakyat leader, Anwar Ibrahim said September 16 is still the date to form the NEW FEDERAL Government. Anwar declared again today that “we are still on track for Sept 16".
“Yes, we have a comfortable number to work with,” Anwar told a press conference at the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya today. Read here for more
Here are the reasons why:
- Protestors Running Amok and Disrupted forum — a wasted opportunity?
"I represent Umno . Stop this forum. Don’t insult Islam. You! Chinese, Indians, go to hell!", one of the demonstrators , wearing a green and white Malay Student Front (GPMS) shirt, shouted at a forum on religious conversion,, "Conversion to Islam: Article 121 (1A) of the Federal Constitution, Subashini & Shamala Revisited", organised by the Bar Council . Read here for more
Dr Mehrun Siraj, an outspoken law lecturer at the International Islamic University retorted,
"You represent Umno; I represent the Muslims!
I'm ashamed by your behaviour!
Islam does not condone this behaviour! Do not make use of Islam!" Read here for more
Shouts of “babi”, “pengkhianat” and “balik China” were heard as forum participants trickled out of the venue. Read here for more
The Information Chief of the Umno Overseas Alumni Club,Mohd Nazari Ahmad, told Malaysian Insider, "For me, as a Muslim, I object to non-Muslims raising such a sensitive issue. Don't touch on the issue of religion. That's a personal matter.
Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar hoped that the Bar Council got the message that "there are certain things that are out of bounds for public discussion, even if held in a private place." Read here for more
Some 100 protesters were led by Muslim Students Front (GPMS) - an Umno-linked organisation from a total of 19 Muslim NGOs, including Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma), Muslim Consumer Association and Muslim welfare group Pekida. Read here for more. Read here background of leaders of GPMS and KIMMA
Among the protest leaders seen in the crowd are PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub.
PKR MP Zulkifli Noordin Joined Demonstration and Instigated Violence
PKR Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Zulkifli Noordin broke ranks with his Pakatan Rakyat colleagues when he called on the crowd to storm the building should the forum continue.
“If you don’t hear from us at 10am, you should all storm the building, ” he said, before he led a four-member delegation representing the protesters to state their position to the forum organisers. He also said "I have negotiated with the Dang Wangi police to stop the forum at 9.30am or else we will act." Read here for more
Note: In the March 2008 election, Zulkifli Noordin from KeAdilan (PAKATAN RAKYAT) won the Kulim-Bandar Baharu seat (51,444 voters) with 22,255 votes against UMNO's Abdul Aziz's 16,672, a majority of only 5,583 votes.Of the 51,444 voters,
- 34,667 (67.9 %) were Malays,
- 17,903 (32.5%) were NON-Malays comprising of :
- Chinese 10,868 (21.1 %),
- Indians 5,907 (11.45 %) and others 2 %.
Parti KeAdilan Rakyat (PKR) won the Kulim-Bandar Baharu seat with the strong support of NON-Malays(read NON-Muslims)
NON-Malay voters support for KeAdilan-PKR (Pakatan Rakyat ) in the Kulim-Bandar Baharu parliamentary seat for the next election will need to be reconsidered if violence-prone MP Zulkifli Noordin is nominated by PKR to stand again.
- 34,667 (67.9 %) were Malays,
Bar Council president Ambiga Sreenevasan was compelled to cut short the half-day forum at 10am following advice from the police. She said,
"It's unfortunate that we could not carry on with the forum. It's a real shame we had to stop the forum due to the advice from the police.
I have great faith in our ability and maturity, as Malaysians, to discuss sensitive issues sensibly.
I do not subscribe to the view that we cannot talk about sensitive issues, not for one minute. Not today. Maybe it was the case 30 years ago, but not today."
Home Ministry issues “show cause” letter to Herald
This is not a great day for freedom of expression after what happened in KL this morning.
The Home Affairs Ministry has issued a show-cause letter (on 16 July) to the publishers of The Herald, an editorial in tomorrow’s edition of the Catholic weekly newspaper has revealed.The paper was accused of committing two offences:
- it has not followed the concept of “focusing” on religion
- it carried an article that purportedly degraded the religion of Islam
In reply to an earlier warning letter from the Ministry, the editorial in The Herald remarked that the Ministry had not defined the concept of “religion” in the application form for a publishing permit. Neither is there a definition in the Constitution.
So, the publishers asked the Ministry to point out where they had gone wrong. No reply.
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