KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Aug 2008: Zulkifli Noordin, the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Member of Parliament (MP) for Kulim Bandar Baharu, has denied that he had barged into the Bar Council’s forum on Conversion to Islam on 9 Aug.
“I do not deny that I was in front of the Bar Council building on that day but I was there as the representative of Persatuan Peguam Pembela Islam (Islamic Defence Lawyers Association). At no time did I represent PKR,” he said.
He only went in because he was invited by the Bar Council staff to see if the forum had been stopped and to inform the crowd outside that it was true that the forum had ended, he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.
Zulkifli created a furore when he and a few others were said to have barged into the forum in an effort to stop it.
Soon after that, the MP did a “disappearing act”, and could not be contacted by the opposition party leaders nor the authorities.
Asked about reports that PKR had sent him a show-cause letter to explain his actions that day, which were termed as rowdy by certain quarters, he said he had not received any letter.
The forum was prematurely ended on advice from the police after the number of protesters gathered outside the venue swelled. — Bernama