Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Nurul Izzah Debacle : It Means What It Means and Papa Don't Preach

How is Nurul Izzah is going defend the indefensible?

Free Malaysia Today carries two contrasting reports on Nurul Izzah's big blunder.

First a report in BM, "Nurul Izzah buat laporan Jais esok",
"Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar akan membuat aduan di Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais) di Shah Alam esok terhadap kenyataannya yang telah diputarbelitkan akhbar Utusan Malaysia."
I have emphasised the word "diputarbelitkan" as it means "distorted".

In other words the YB is reporting to JAIS that her statements were distorted.

Her crooked back papa, Anwar Ibrahim, says his daughter's statement were manipulated.

The second FMT report, "I am disappointed with Nurul" quotes the person who actually posed the question that has got the YB in all sorts of tangles. Quote,
A lawyer who posed the question on religious freedom to PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar during a forum last Saturday is disappointed with the politicians 180 degree turn.

Siti Kasim, a member of the Bar Council human rights committee, said she was disappointed that Nurul had “retracted” her remark.

“I believe Nurul was just trying to impress the people, she didn’t think of the consequences,” she told FMT.

Siti said Nurul should have stood firm on her remark that freedom of religion was a right for all including the Malay-Muslim.

So how lah now Nurul? Sigh!

There is more.

The human rights and bar council member, Siti Kasim, is also reported as saying,
while Nurul did not mention about apostasy in her response, the latter however was a clear supporter of freedom of religion for the Malays.

In the following days she ‘retracted’ her remark, and said she did not support apostasy. But indirectly when you say you support freedom of religion, and if Malay wants to get out from Islam, that’s apostasy"
Sue the bar council member as well! Sigh!

But there is more. FMT also reported Siti Kasim thus,
The Orang Asli rights advocate said she once posed the same question to Nurul’s father, Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, but failed to get a direct response.

“He was going around the bush and didn’t answer directly. We want politicians to be straight forward”
That is expected of the crooked fellow. No sighs here.

I see the situation of the YB for Lembah Pantai as the proverbial sacrificial lamb for the slaughter, for whatever expedient advantage that is likely or hoped to be achieved.

Or it is directly a result of her own political naivety.

Nurul Izzah is a small fish in a big pond only because papa, Anwar Ibrahim, the big fish put her there.

The big fish in a big pond getting smaller by the day.

4.15pm

This just in from The Malaysia Insider, "Nurul Izzah to tell JAIS apostasy row is Utusan’s fault"

Like father like...Sigh!

5.25pm

Update from Malaysiakini "Transcript of Nurul Izzah's Q&A at forum"

Question 2: But mainly my question is, when you speak of freedom of religion, are you actually applying to the Malays as well? Thanks.

Nurul Izzah: Yes, umm, but the idea itself, I think, goes back. And when you ask me, there is no compulsion in religion, even Dr (Ahmad) Farouk (Musa) quoted that verse in the Quran. How can you ask me or anyone, how can anyone really say, 'Sorry, this only apply to non-Malays.' It has to apply equally... apply equally.

Readers decide.

2 comments:

Poon Poi Ming said...

Hi, I am confused. Does the al-Quran allows any government to impose Islam on a particular race? If so, what then is the meaning of Surah al-Baqarah: 256 which says that Allah says: "Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth has been made clear from error. Whoever rejects false worship and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that never breaks. And Allah hears and knows all things." Is UMNO saying that Allah is wrong to make that statement?

Freddie Kevin said...

Poon,

UMNO did not say anything to any statement by your query.

What it means refers to what Nurul Izzah's intended meaning of her responses at the forum.

I not an expert on Islam and even if I were, I personally think it inappropriate for me to answer your question. Also, I do not in principle write on matters relating to Islam. I do however read the Koran online from time to time when when circumstances like this arise.

That said, follow my latest on Freedom of Religion where I will touch on compulsion and links for your query.

Hopefully you will not be confused.

Thank you for the comment.

Regards
Freddie