Wednesday, March 10, 2010

No room in PAS for 'Islam champion' Zul

Although sacked PKR MP Zulkifli Noordin has portrayed himself as a champion of Islam, the lawyer-turned-politician will, however, not be allowed to join the Islamic-based PAS.

Without mincing his words, PAS seceretary-general Mustafa Ali said there is no room in PAS for the likes of Zulkifli, who was given the boot over the weekend after the PKR disciplinary committee found him guilty of not toeing the party line.

Mustafa was responding to news reports that Zulkifli, who has been branded a troublemaker, has been invited to join PAS by its vice-president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.

Addressing a packed Pakatan Rakyat ceramah attended by some 8,000 supporters on Tuesday night, Mustafa said when he checked with Tuan Ibrahim, the latter denied extending any such invitation.

“I would like to make a clear and firm explanation on this issue. There is no place for Zulkifli in PAS. We respect the decision taken by PKR in sacking him due to disciplinary reasons," he said.

PAS pledges support for Anwar

Meanwhile, Mustafa also reaffirmed PAS' support for PKR supremo Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to continue as opposition leader.

He lambasted Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin for asking Anwar to relinquish the post on the grounds that PKR no longer commands the majority in Parliament following the resignation of three MPs.

“The choice of who is opposition leader is determined by Pakatan, and we in PAS agree that Anwar should be at the helm. This has nothing to do with Khairy. He should mind his own business,” he said.

Previously, DAP leaders also pledged their support for Anwar to remain as opposition leader.

'PM's only job - reading Facebook messages'

Veteran DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang had the audience in stitches when he commented about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's remark pertaining to the messages on his Facebook.

Najib had said that he receives about 600 messages daily, and that he personally reads all of them.

However, Lim was not convinced.

"Let's assume that it takes one minute to read one message. Are you telling me that Najib spends 600 minutes (10 hours) reading his Facebook messages everyday?

“This means that he has no other job apart from reading messages,” he quipped.

On a more serious note, Lim said the time has come for the people to change the government in the next general election.

Earlier, Negeri Sembilan PKR chief and Teluk Kemang MP Datuk Kamarul Bahrin Abbas launched a campaign to boycott the mainstream media, especially the Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia.

courtesy of Free Malaysia Today

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