The ‘bad apple’ in PKRPosted: September 4, 2008
This is what I have written and sent to Anwar, after having read THIS in Haris’ blog.
Dear Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim,
I write to you regarding one of your members, who is also a Member of Parliament in the Kulim seat. I’m sure you know that the person I refer to is none other than YB Zulkifli Nordin. I’m also sure that you are aware of his unbecoming behaviour showcased for all to see during the Bar Council Forum not too long ago.
This issue has, for reasons unknown to me, been quietly overlooked and swept under the carpet, after the initial “outburst” of angry reactions and protests against his remarks that lacks the tact and respect for the other citizens of Malaysia who were attending the forum, and also those who were sitting in their homes, accessing to this news.
After listening to many of your ceramahs, it is my belief that your party upholds justice and equality of all citizens of Malaysia. If this is indeed the case, even one bad apple, like shown by Zulkifli Nordin, cannot be tolerated.
Whether or not the Bar Council should have held the forum, or whether or not the forum should have been held behind closed doors is not the issue. The issue is that the forum was ongoing, and your representative was one of the most vocal protestors who, under the guise of having the “freedom of expression” on his side, completely deprived the other (namely, the Bar Council) to their own right of “freedom of expression”.
I do not wish to dabble here on the intricacies of whether the forum was held to “question the position of Islam in Malaysia”, or whether it was a direct “threat to the religion of Islam”, or whether the organisers were “traitors of Islam”.
The main issue is with Zulkifli Nordin’s actions that day when he threatened to barge into the building if they did not end the forum at a time he specificated. The main issue is with his threats of violence should the “timeframe” not be heeded. The main issue is whether you and your party, who claim to uphold the rights of all people in Malaysia, and one that practices moderation, can accept, and continue to protect, this kind of attitude and behaviour.
His actions were wrong. Even if we were to go by Zulkifli Nordin’s viewpoint (which I do not agree on), and say that the Bar Council was wrong in holding that forum, two wrongs definitely do not make one right.
Show us that you do not practise the art of “cakap tak serupa bikin“. Show us that you not only talk the talk, but you also walk the walk. Show us that you do not practise favouritism. Show us that you and your party’s principles are strong, and actions like this are not to be tolerated.
Show us that the support that the rakyat has given you so far has not been misled and in vain.
I am sincerely hoping for a better Malaysia.
A fellow anak bangsa Malaysia,