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PKR: Action against Zulkifli Nordin in November

PETALING JAYA, 29 Oct 2008: Action will be taken next month against Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Bandar Baru/Kulim Member of Parliament (MP) Zulkifli Nordin, who stormed the Bar Council forum on religious conversions in August.

PKR deputy president and disciplinary committee head Dr Syed Husin Ali said the committee will come to a decision on the case next month.

Asked why it has taken such a long time for PKR to deal with Zulkifli, Syed Husin said they had to follow party procedures.

“It is a long process; next month is not too long, just a few days away,” Syed Husin told The Nut Graph.

Syed Husin said the investigations into the case have not been completed yet but added, “We will try [to finish] as soon as possible”.

Investigations into the case have been ongoing since September, yet no verdict has emerged until now.

On 9 Aug, Zulkifli participated in a 300-strong demonstration against the Bar Council forum Conversion to Islam: Article 121(1A) of the Federal Constitution, Subashini and Shamala Revisited.

The participants in the demonstration included members from several political parties such as PKR, PAS and Umno, as well as various Muslim non-governmental organisations.

Because of the rowdy protest, police instructed the conference organisers to conclude the forum prematurely at 10am for “security reasons”.

Zulkifli received a show-cause letter from the party on 7 Sept after the Permatang Pauh by-election.

But the controversial MP, who was detained in 1998 under the Internal Security Act, remains unapologetic for disrupting a peaceful forum.

On 19 Sept, he was quoted on the front page of Utusan Malaysia as saying that he would not apologise “for leading the peaceful demonstration.”

“If the Bar Council insists on repeating the arrogance of their anti-Islam attitude,” he added, “they will surely find me there, defending and advocating Islam.”


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