Disciplinary action against Zulkifli Nordin
Political Leaders: It’s a Zulkifli cracker
PETALING JAYA: Leaders from the political divide took opposing stands on the spat between Kulim Bandar Baru Member of Parliament Zulkifli Noordin and Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad on the controversy over the “allah” issue.
Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister Datuk M. Saravanan said the squabble between the two MPs from Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Pas was something that only happened among Pakatan Rakyat leaders.
“It doesn’t happen in Barisan Nasional because we believe that all issues should be solved internally even when there is an agreement,” he said.
“This is what we have always been telling the people, Pakatan Rakyat leaders can sleep on the same bed and share the same pillow, but they all have different dreams.”
State executive councillor for local government and research, Ronnie Liu, said that Zulkifli was a “lone ranger” who did not have the support of others.
“He should just be ignored. I don’t even want to argue with him.”
He said the matter between the two MPs should be settled amicably and not escalated into what it has become.
He said any unhappiness among component parties should be dealt with internally and should not be brought to the Press as it would be ‘unethical’ and would create misunderstanding and division among leaders.
“Both of them are MPs. I’m sure they have each others’ phone numbers. They should discuss the matter between themselves and not argue about it in the open. It is unnecessary.”
“I can’t imagine an Umno leader lodging a police report against an MCA leader… disciplinary action should be taken against him (Zulkifli),” Liu said.
Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin described the spat between both leaders as one involving ‘personalities with strong views on the issue at hand’.
“I do not think it involves a power struggle. Hopefully, disciplinary action will be taken against him (Zulkifli) for his actions.”
Zuraida said perhaps previously the party had been lenient in cases like these but the party is serious now and Zulkifli’s case would set a precedent for similiar cases in the future.
She said a gag order had been issued by the PKR political bureau to Zulkifli yesterday, preventing him from making any further Press statements on the matter.
“He has been issued a show-cause letter, which he must reply within the next two weeks.”
It is understood that the disciplinary board would decide on Zulkifli’s fate within a month.
Party leaders have also said that there is a possibility that Zulkifli may be stripped of his party membership.
On Saturday, Zulkifli lodged a police report against Khalid over the latter’s statement that the Selangor Non-Islamic Religious (Control of Propagation Among Muslim) Enacment 1988 — which forbids others to use the term “allah” and other Islamic terms — as outdated.
Zulkifli’s actions had lead PKR’s Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to question why the matter was not brought to the party leadership instead.
PKR supreme council member Datuk Zaid Ibrahim had also reportedly called for Zulkifli to be sacked.
But Zulkifli appeared unperturbed and said that he was not concerned if the party decided to sack him as he was a “Muslim first and party member second”.
The Malay Mail yesterday quoted Zulkifli’s blog posting that he would not budge from his stand on the “allah” issue and he was ready for “any possibility”.
In his blog, Zulkifli had said: “I don’t bow down to Anwar, PKR or anyone. God willing, if they sack me, then I’ll keep my options open.”