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Posted By Lainie Yeoh On November 12, 2009 @ 8:00 am In Found in Quotation | Comments Disabled

“Enough is enough. You either toe the line, support the reform agenda, commit yourself to Pakatan and work together as a multi-ethnic, multi-religious entity or you leave or be kicked out. There are no two ways about it.”

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim issues a stern warning to party members, ordering them to support the party’s policies or get out. He was speaking in Penang, at the first of 14 PKR conventions to be held nationwide over the next few weeks. (Source: Toe the line or leave party, says Anwar [1], The Star, 9 Nov 2009)

“Islam is the religion of the Federation, including in terms of laws and legislation.”

PKR Member of Parliament (MP) for Kulim-Bandar Baru, Zulkifli Noordin, in proposing, in March 2009, a private member’s bill in Parliament to amend the federal constitution regarding the status of Islam in the country’s administration. As is common with private members’ bills in Malaysia, the motion was not heard. Zulkifli tried again during the October sitting [2], this time asking the government to restrict or prohibit the sale of liquor and condoms at convenience stores. He also called for the government to investigate Sisters in Islam. (Source: Zulkifli moves to amend Federal Constitution [3], The Nut Graph, 23 Mar 2009)

“Kalau tiba masa saya perlu memilih antara Islam dengan parti, saya tetap akan memilih Islam…”

Zulkifli‘s blog post in response to a show cause letter from his party to explain his involvement in disrupting an August 2008 Bar Council [4] forum on conversions to Islam. (Tindakan Disiplin [5], Zulkifli Noordin’s blog [6], 7 Sep 2008)

“The matter was settled internally some time last year.”

PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali in responding to media enquiries about why no disciplinary action was taken against Zulkifli for his disruption of the Bar Council’s forum. (Source: Zulkifli’s case settled [7], The Star, 6 Mar 2009)

“To say that the matter was ‘settled internally’ is not acceptable for a party that values accountability and transparency.”

Former Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan expressing disappointment that no public disciplinary action was taken against Zulkifli. Instead, the party named him as the shadow co-minister for higher education [8]. (Source: Indiscipline within PKR [9], The Nut Graph, 3 Aug 2009)

“For instance, Zulkifli attempted to table several motions in Parliament which were not in line with party policies and without consulting party leadership.”

PKR vice-president Sivarasa Rasiah in opining that Anwar’s warning, issued in Penang, was meant for members like Zulkifli. (Source: ‘Warning is for people like Zulkifli’ [10], The Star, 10 Nov 2009)

“The issue of toeing the party line was mentioned in passing, and at no time did DSAI (Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) mention it was meant [for] me. In fact, DSAI was happy that I remain the only MP from Pakatan that is consistent in raising matters of importance to the Muslim and Malays.”

Zulkifli challenges Sivarasa’s interpretation of Anwar’s warning, and asks him to step down instead.  Seven other PKR MPs [11] also stepped forward to support Zulkifli and described Sivarasa’s comment as “uncalled for”. (Source: Akur kehendak parti? [12], Zulkifli Noordin’s blog [6], 10 Nov 2009).

“This warning is inclusive of everybody and I did not name anybody in particular.”

Anwar downplays the dispute between Sivarasa and Zulkifli and the seven PKR MPs. At the same time, no mention is made about what action would be taken against party members such as Zulkifli whose public positions contradict Pakatan Rakyat’s stance as described by Anwar himself. (Source: Anwar downplays PKR MP-Veep clash [13], The Star, 11 Nov 2009)

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[1] Toe the line or leave party, says Anwar: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/11/9/nation/5072750&sec=nation

[2] October sitting: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/41036-zul-noordin-wants-constitution-amended-to-clarify-countrys-status-

[3] Zulkifli moves to amend Federal Constitution: http://www.thenutgraph.com/zulkifli-moves-to-amend-federal-constitution

[4] Bar Council: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/87519

[5] Tindakan Disiplin: http://zul4kulim.blogspot.com/2008/09/tindakan-disiplin.html

[6] Zulkifli Noordin’s blog: http://zul4kulim.blogspot.com/

[7] Zulkifli’s case settled: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/3/6/nation/3415574&sec=nation

[8] higher education: http://thenutgraph.com/pr-unveils-ministerial-committees

[9] Indiscipline within PKR: http://www.thenutgraph.com/indiscipline-within-pkr

[10] ‘Warning is for people like Zulkifli’: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/11/10/nation/5076787&sec=nation

[11] PKR MPs: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/11/11/nation/5084549&sec=nation

[12] Akur kehendak parti?: http://zul4kulim.blogspot.com/2009/11/akur-kehendak-parti.html

[13] Anwar downplays PKR MP-Veep clash: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/11/11/nation/5086679&sec=nation

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[19] Zulkifli moves to amend Federal Constitution: http://www.thenutgraph.com/zulkifli-moves-to-amend-federal-constitution/

[20] Zulkifli: SIS should drop “Islam”: http://www.thenutgraph.com/zulkifli-sis-should-drop-islam/

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