PKR’s disciplinary board will NOT bend to the will of Kulim-Bandar Bharu MP Zulkifli Noordin’s demand for an all-Muslim panel and is expected to deliberate on his hearing despite today’s walkout, party secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution said today. Saifuddin said this evening that there was nothing wrong or disrespectful with the decision to maintain the present panel members instead of replacing them with only Muslim members." We are trying him on his action of defying a party order, not about his stand. It is very different. That is why there is no need for there to be an all-Muslim panel,” said Saifuddin.Read here for more
(Update) We commend the stand taken by PKR Sec. Gen Saifuddin Nasution to disregard the demand of Zulkifli Noordin. Zulkifli's demand is insulting to non-Malays/ non-Muslims in the country and in PKR in particular. He treats non Malays in PKR with such disdain that his quick departure from PKR should be most welcomed by Malaysians of all races.
Zulkifli Noordin is NOT in a position to make demands on the PKR Leadership.
PKR is a multi-racial party. The issue facing Zulkifli is one of indiscipline, not religious.
We expect the PKR leadership not to be cowed by Zulkifli's threat to quit.
In fact, those who had voted for PKR would have desired Zulkilfi Noordin to be SACKED last year.
If he does not quit, he should be sacked from PKR.
Be rest assured, voters will make sure he will be a one-term MP.
Malaysians made a grievous error in voting Zulkifli Noordin into Parliament at the March 2008 election.
Zulkilfi threatens to quit if non-Muslims hear his case
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PKR's controversial MP Zulkifli Nordin does NOT want non-Muslims to sit on the party's disciplinary board when his case is heard.
The Kulim Bandar-Bahru parliamentarian staged a walkout some 30 minutes after the meeting started at 3pm when the board refused to acquiesce to his demand.
Speaking to reporters later, Zulkifli said he will quit PKR if the panel is not changed by next Tuesday.
According to him, non-Muslims should not be judging him on this matter as it concerns Islam. Zulkifli was hauled up by the disciplinary board over his differing stand on the 'Allah' issue and open criticism of the party leadership.
"But I cannot bow down or recognise a non-Muslim panel which would try me on the issue of my faith," he added.
Zulkifli said he was shocked to learn that three of the four board members were non-Muslims. They are Goh Keat Peng, Chew Swee Yoke and T Kumar.
Stressing that his contention was premised upon a religious viewpoint, the MP explained that he was not questioning the integrity or credibility of the trio. Zulkifli also revealed that he had demanded for an all-Muslim panel via three letters, “but they refused and remained adamant that I be tried by non-Muslims".
"This is a big insult for Islam and Muslims. I am worried that it would give the perception that PKR does not care about the dignity or sensitivities of Islam, to the point that it is willing to field a Christian panel to try a Muslim over an issue related to Islam," he added.