Zulkifli aims barbs at Bar Council
Zul slams various folk
Malaysian Insider (Used by permission)
by Shannon Teoh
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 - Pakatan Rakyat MP Zulkifli Nordin accused several parties
including his own of disrespecting or insulting Islam in Dewan Rakyat today.
"This pillar is being challenged from left, right, above, below, behind or in
front, whether from the ruling party or from this side," he said, referring to
the opposition benches.
His statements are set to reignite speculation that he is ready to crossover to
Umno as PKR have constantly been criticised for not punishing Zulkifli despite
the party's principles of multicultural tolerance.
The Bar Council bore the brunt of his outburst as he accused
it of insulting Islam by supporting apostates in Dewan Rakyat today and called
for a separate Bar Council for Syariah laywers to be established which will
protect those who practise Syariah law.
"In the case of Azalina Jailani, the Bar Council sent a representative to be
present in court to ensure she became an apostate," he added while debating the
Azalina, also known as Lina Joy, however, had failed in her attempt to have the
Federal Court rule that her religion be changed from Islam to Christian in May
The Kulim Badar Baharu MP also said that a recent forum by the Bar Council to
discuss Islamic matters openly, caused racial and religious tensions.
Zulkifli had led a protest against the "Conversion to Islam" forum in August but
insisted that he was there in his capacity as a Lawyers in Defence of Islam (Pembela)
exco member, not an MP for PKR.
He reiterated his stand today, saying "There are those that speak as if I am
supporting another party but I am actually fighting for Islam. I do not care
about what other people think of me because I will have to answer to Allah."
Zulkifli proceeded to attack the suggestion that surfaced during the MCA General
Assembly last weekend where delegates had called for the appointnment of a
second Deputy Prime Minister who would be a non-Malay, calling it another
challenge to Islam's position.
"It insults Islam when parties go to court insisting they have the right to use
the world Allah like Muslims do," he said in reference to the ongoing case where
local Catholic weekly The Herald is attempting to get a court order to allow it
to use the word Allah.
Zulkifli also said that certain groups did not respect Muslims by disrupting
Hari Raya celebrations by making unsuitable requests, an apparent reference to
Hindraf's presence at the Cabinet open house where they lobbied Prime Minister
Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi to release the Hindraf 5 detained under the Internal
He further claimed that the undermining of Islam had occurred since the time of
former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"This man had tried to expel a mufti who wanted to defend Islam. He soiled the
institution of the Malay rulers with his deeds. He should be the last person to
defend the Malays, after what he did. His hands are soiled," he said.
Zulkifli then asked for a mosque to be built specifically for the Chinese Muslim
community in Kuala Lumpur as more Chinese were converting to the faith.
"I suggest the Pudu prison site be used for this purpose," he told Dewan Rakyat.
He suggested als for certain articles in the Federal Constitution be amended "so
that Islam is not challenged by irresponsible parties."
Article 11(4) allows for state law and federal law in respect of the Federal
Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, to restrict the propagation of any
religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam.
Zulkifli called for this clause to be passed into all state constitutions.
Article 3 protects freedom of religion which Zulkifli wants amended so that
Muslims specifically be subject to the regulations of Islam.