|"When you ask me, there is no compulsion in religion... how can anyone say sorry, this (religious freedom) only applies to non-Malays, it has to apply equally"|
When I read what Nurul Izzah vice-president of all in the family party PKR and daughter of de facto leader, Anwar Ibrahim, said, I was immediately taken by the recklessness of her statement.
One may say she was being courageous, I say she was being too smart for her breeches.
Just like her father who gets caught with his pants down, the MP for Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah now seeks to take legal action against Utusan Malaysia, Berita Harian and possibly a few media including blogs for her blunder, reports opposition aligned newsportal The Malaysian Insider.
Nurul has denied that she is supporting apostasy among the country’s Malay-Muslim community or as reported by another alternative news portal, Free Malaysia Today describes, apostasy-friendly.
That her audacious statements would come under fire from Pakatan Rakyat partner, PAS, was altogether to be expected.
That the other Pakatan Rakyat partner, DAP, has remained silent or tak mahu "campur tangan" as the Malay idiom goes, is conspicuous.*
That in itself says a lot.
Only crooked back papa has come out somewhat in support and claims Nurul Izzah’s statement had been manipulated.
This is what uber opposition news portal Malaysiakini proudly reported, "Nurul: There should be no compulsion in choosing faith", that people should not be compelled to adopt a particular religion and this should also apply to Malays, says Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar,
"When you ask me, there is no compulsion in religion... how can anyone say sorry, this (religious freedom) only applies to non-Malays, it has to apply equally."It is evidently clear that the opposition aligned alternative news portal had come to interpret, that Nurul advocates religious freedom with no compulsion for all including Malays the majority of whom are Muslims, is what she meant in form and substance.
Free Malaysia Today had as it's headline "Nurul Izzah backs religious freedom for all",
"Nurul Izzah’s remark is expected to stir controversy as Malay Muslims in Malaysia are banned from converting out from Islam except under unique circumstances and discussion of the subject is seen as taboo."Both alternative news media, Malaysiakini and Free Malaysia Today, could not have got it wrong.
Nurul Izzah's qualifying statements like "I am, of course, tied to the prevailing views" is dubitable, moot and cannot escape the culpability in the intent of her statements.
Nurul Izzah and father, Anwar Ibrahim, think that they are indispensable in Pakatan Rakyat and can get away with anything they say and do everywhere else with impunity.
Appointment with Tok Guru Nik Aziz perhaps but in the mean time, or maybe any time, don't hope to be invited to any PAS ceramah.
Good luck and good-bye Nurul Izzah.
Like a parent needing to explain a deliquent action by a wayward juvenile, PAS has volunteered to explain to HRH Sultan Selangor the actual circumstances of Nurul Izzah's remarks, serious enough to draw a statement from the Selangor palace.
|Nurul Izzah muka kesian|
Nurul Izzah should be the one explain to His Majesty.
Why should PAS be the party to exlain Nurul's remarks when PAS are not directly involved in the matter?
*Edited 8 November. Re-reading the original sentence, I realised it was inappropriate and no offence was meant or intended. The error is sincerely regretted.