These are the words of PKR MP from Kulim-Bandar Baru, Zulkifli Noordin
- "For me, Islam comes FIRST. "
- " (I am)a Muslim FIRST, a Member of Parliament, SECOND."
- " We Muslims have been tolerant enough all this while, for so many years we have been asked, forced to live under the law that is not Islam. We have been forced."
- "If you don’t hear from us at 10am, you should all storm the building." (At the Bar Council Forum protest)
WE SAY to Zulkifli Noordin,
When voters in Kulim-Bandar Baru, especially the NON-Malays/Non-Muslims, voted for you on March 8, 2008, they voted you to be a Member of Parliament FIRST, and to represent ALL Malaysians, and NOT for you to be in Parliament as a MUSLIM FIRST.
When you displayed your abusive and irresponsible behaviour at the Bar Council forum protest, YOU disgraced the people who voted for you.
Your Islamic credential is not a passport for you to be up in arms with those racist-UMNO protesters at the Bar Council forum protest.
You are, in our view, a disgraceful Member of Parliament, coming especially from the Pakatan Rakyat.
Your defence of your action and your disappearance after the Bar Council forum protest, is so unconvincing.
We voted you into Parliament, NOT because you are a lawyer or you were formerly a lawyer for Anwar Ibrahim.
Least of all, NOT because you are Muslim.
You were given the nod by the voters at the last General Election because YOU stood under the banner of PKR and voters were led to believe that YOU will be a Member of Parliament FIRST, and that YOU will uphold the aspirations in the PKR manifesto.
Instead, you cheated those voters who voted for you by your recent behaviour and your comments. You are NOT exactly the role model for the youths of this country.
We say to you, if you WANT to be a Muslim FIRST, YOU SHOULD RESIGN from the parliament seat NOW, so that voters can elect someone else who will be a Member of Parliament FIRST.
Given your current bad attitude and poor behaviour, we will initiate and support any call, and spare no effort, to campaign for voters in Kulim-Bandar Baru to vote for ANY OTHER candidate, be it from UMNO, PAS or PKR, as long as it is NOT YOU, should you ever decide to stand for re-election again.
And that, Yang Berhormat Zulkifli Noordin, you can be sure, is a PROMISE.
- Malaysians Unplug
From Straight Talk Blog: Read here
Open letter to Zulkifli Nordin: Resign!
"...PKR MP Zulkifli Noordin has accused the Bar Council of being 'anti-Islam'.
This is a very dangerous accusation.
It is within the ambit of the council to discuss grey matters of the civil laws if there are ambiguities. Zulkifli's action has denied many apolitical Malaysians a chance to seek for their fair judicial rights in matters pertaining to inheritance, conversion, apostasy and others. These are rights enshrined in the universal human rights.
The Bar Council is the right body to discuss these ambiguities and grey areas of laws. It is a shame that these politicians, so-called religious activists and individuals have refused to acknowledge that there is space within any religion to discuss any ambiguities.
Zulkifli must retract his accusation immediately or he should withdraw from the Bar Council, which he claimed is 'anti-Islam'...."
From Umran Kadir: Read here
Dear Zuklifli Nordin,
Thank you for finally coming out of hiding and delivering a much needed press conference. During the press conference you made the claim that one can "talk about Islam but you can't talk for Islam".
In a similar vein I would like to make it clear that you and Pembela can talk about Muslims but you can't talk for Muslims.
You certainly don't speak for THIS Muslim and I daresay there are many other Malaysian Muslims that you do NOTspeak for.
YOU and the other leaders of that demonstration have only brought shame upon Muslims and moreover brought Islam into disrepute because by your actions and words on the morning of 9th August 2008 you lend credence to the notion that Muslims are irrational liars who are prone to threats of violence and that our faith is too weak to be discussed in the open.
In a moment reminiscent of pots and kettles you chided the Bar Council for not having "learnt to respect the law, the constitution and also the views of other parties".
Just what laws or aspects of the constitution did the Bar Council contravene? You claim that the Bar Council are anti-Islam when in truth, the Bar Council had arranged for a diverse range of speakers including a syariah lawyer as well as representatives from IKIM and JAIS.
The Bar Council had also invited those leading the protest to take part in the forum. Were you merely ignorant of all this or was there instead a wilful attempt to deceive on the part or you and the other protest organisers?
Ironically, it is YOU who should learn to respect the constitution and the views of other parties.
You state that it was the police and not the protest that stopped the forum. That is mere semantics as you are quoted as saying "I have negotiated with the Dang Wangi police to stop the forum at 9.30am or else we will act."
Now you expect us to believe that the police would have stopped the forum if your protest had not taken place?
Do you think we were born yesterday? Stop twisting the truth. You have already threatened to "do it again" if the Bar Council attempted similar forums.
You claim that Malaysian Muslims have been tolerant living under laws that are not Islamic.
Would it surprise you if you were to find out that most Malaysian Muslims, like their fellow countrymen, are more concerned about the content and quality of the laws they live under rather than the labels of these laws?
It follows that Malaysians of all backgrounds object to the ISA simply because it is unjust on any view, not because it does not carry an Islamic label.
Do not be so presumptuous as to think YOU are capable of taking the lead to speak for all Muslims in this country.
You are keen to emphasise that to you, Islam comes before PKR.
However, the far more pertinent question for you to answer is whether Pembela or your collective constituents come first, and in my view by your actions you have placed Pembela above your constituents.
As an illustration, consider if you had another Shamala or Revathi as a constituent. Would you be sympathetic to the plight of such a person? Could such a person count on your support? Would such a person even be comfortable now to approach you?
Would you be willing to cross swords with JAIS or other Islamic authorities to seek justice for a non-Muslim? I am guessing the answer to all these questions is a resounding 'No'.
You maintain that you attended the demonstration as a member of Pembela and not as an MP.
Since you are still in a state of denial, I provided the above illustration to demonstrate how your actions as a member of Pembela have created a potentially calamitous conflict of interest with your responsibilities as an MP.
Who would now believe that you can impartially serve the interests of all your constituents?
The only honourable course of action for you is to RESIGN from your parliamentary post.
Make way for someone who will unite, not divide Malaysians and one who will make aALL the constituents their priority.